Miami DUI Accidents Lawyer
The rate of car accidents caused by alcohol have remained high each year in Florida, representing a failure to curb the number of drunk drivers on the roads. DUI accidents can lead to serious injuries to innocent drivers on the highways and are a great cause for concern throughout the state. A driver can be doing everything right in their own vehicle and are side swiped, rear ended, or even involved in a head-on collision with a suspected drunk driver at any time of day. If you or a loved one have been injured in a DUI accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
DUI Accidents in Miami, Florida
Driving while under the influence of alcohol, chemical substances, or controlled substances within an unlawful blood alcohol level is a criminal offense in Florida, and is unfortunately one of the main causes of car accidents throughout the state.
In 2014, there were approximately 17,000 reported alcohol suspected crashes throughout the state of Florida. Out of this number, nearly 6,000 accidents were confirmed to be caused by alcohol. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has put together a list of the car accidents caused by suspected or confirmed drunk driving. These numbers indicate that the majority of alcohol related accidents are caused by individuals between the ages of 20 and 30. The majority of all alcohol related accidents occurred in Miami-Dade County and Hillsborough County.
Florida has participated in sporadic “no refusal” weekends which helped curb the incidence of drunk driving accidents on these weekends, where individuals could be pulled over for suspected drunk driving and a magistrate could order the individual to take a blood test (at any time of day). The “no refusal weekends” were suggested and funded by the federal government, although were only implemented on rare holiday weekends.
Florida Accident Recovery
After suffering through a DUI accident, you probably want nothing more than to just recover from your injuries. However, during this time, insurance companies will often try to get in contact with you to offer you settlement funds. It is important that you hold off on agreeing to a settlement amount from an insurance company. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, and often will only offer you a fraction of what your true injury costs are.
Florida is a comparative negligence state, which means that you are entitled to bring a claim for damages against the responsible driver even if your own actions contributed toward your injuries. However, your claim for damages will be limited by the percentage you were at fault. As the victim of a DUI accident, you may bring a claim for damages including the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to assist you in calculating out the full amount of damages you are entitled to receive as a result of the accident.
Lipcon & Lipcon | Miami, Florida DUI Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one have been injured in a DUI accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Lipcon & Lipcon. Our attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience in handling injury claims after DUI accidents, and will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve from your injuries. The driver’s negligent behavior in getting behind the wheel has caused you injuries and emotional suffering, and the driver should be held responsible for their actions. Contact our Miami office today for your initial free consultation.