Need an Injury Lawyer for a Florida DUI Accident?
Between the years 2003-2012 in Florida, 8,476 people lost their lives to unfortunate DUI accidents involving a drunk driver. On a national level, 1.9% of people admit to driving after they drank too much, while 2.1% of people said they have done so in Florida over a 30-day timespan. Though these accidents are more common than you may have expected, almost every single one brings about certain types of injuries, some minor and some major. What can you do when you have been injured in one of these accidents because somebody decided to act negligently and get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking? Luckily, we will stand by your side in your time of need.
Following Your DUI-Related Car Accident
You’ve been injured in a Florida DUI accident and you aren’t sure how to get started. As you sit there after an accident, the shock hasn’t yet worn off and you aren’t sure what to do as you deal with this frightening situation. You should always understand how to take care of yourself after one of these accidents and preserve your accident at any cost. Take these steps:
- Always call 911 immediately after you have been hit. You don’t want to allow a drunk driver to drive off without punishment, and you want to ensure that you and everybody on the scene are medically okay. A police officer will issue a police report, which will point you in the right direction when you are trying to determine liability to file your claim.
- Seek medical attention, even if you think you are just dealing with minor injuries. Injuries might not always show themselves on the surface and you don’t want to risk your life. You don’t want to miss out on any opportunities to recover after you have been injured, either.
- Make sure that you always file to receive a copy of the police report, as this can help when you decide to pursue your personal injury claim.
- Seek the assistance of an experienced attorney to handle your case.
How Medical Attention Helps Make Your Claim
If you want to be able to receive compensation that you deserve further down the line, don’t skip out on receiving medical attention. What happens if you have damaged an organ and you let it go, only to find out later on down the road that there is irreversible damage? What if you are told that you won’t be able to receive compensation for any future treatment because you held off on receiving medical treatment in the beginning and didn’t pursue a claim? These are things that you want to keep in mind, as nobody should have to suffer in silence when somebody has negligently caused an accident.
Identifying Liable Parties in Your DUI Accident
Identifying liable parties in your accident is one of the best ways to move forward with your case and receive the compensation you deserve. You may have assumed that the drunk driver is the only liable party in your claim, but this is not always the case. Take, for instance, a vendor who sold alcohol to a minor or somebody who was already visibly intoxicated. The driver then gets behind the wheel and causes your accident. Both the driver and the vendor could be held liable for something known as “dram shop laws” that hold vendors accountable for their actions. Obviously, selling alcohol to a minor would equate to bad judgment.
Because there are so many different aspects in these cases, we want to be there for you as you pursue damages against a party who caused you harm. We want to speak to you as soon as possible, so call us today. Let’s get started on your case and working toward compensation you deserve.