Vero Beach Drunk Driving Lawyer
Driving while drunk is a crime in Florida, and when a drunk person gets behind the wheel and causes an accident, they will almost always face criminal penalties as such. For the victim of that accident, though, criminal penalties do little to compensate them for their injuries and losses.
While the criminal system is an important component of justice in our society, it is the civil system that is designed to provide victims with recompense. If a drunk driver hits you, our Vero Beach drunk driving lawyers at the law offices of Vocelle & Berg, LLP are here to help you navigate the civil system and recover the compensation that you deserve.
Recovering Compensation after an Accident with a Drunk Driver – Who Is Liable?
Because Florida is a no-fault car insurance state that requires all drivers to carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, the fact that the drunk driver involved in your accident was clearly at fault does not matter unless you suffer significant injuries. Florida’s law requires that all drivers involved in an accident file a claim with their own insurance company after a crash regardless of fault, and further states that car accident victims are barred from filing a claim against the other driver unless their injuries are serious. In Florida, serious injuries are those that result in death, permanent scarring or disfigurement, or permanent loss of a bodily function.
Filing a Claim Against a Negligent Drunk Driver in Florida
If you have suffered injuries that meet Florida’s serious injury threshold, then you have a right to file a claim with the insurance company of the drunk driver, or to file a lawsuit for damages directly against the drunk driver themselves. In order to recover compensation, you will need to prove negligence and fault. Because the driver was drunk at the time of the crash, proof of intoxication – such as the results of a breath or blood alcohol test – will likely be sufficient evidence of negligence.
You will also need to prove that you have suffered damages as a result of the crash. Medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and disability are all examples of damages for which you may seek compensation.
Our Vero Beach Drunk Driving Lawyers Are Here to Represent You
No one expects to be hit by a drunk driver. Whether you were acting as another motorist, a pedestrian, a cyclist, or a motorcyclist at the time of the crash, our Florida drunk driving accident lawyers at the law firm of Vocelle & Berg, LLP believe that you should be fully compensated for your losses.
Our Vero Beach drunk driving lawyer will investigate your accident and help you to understand your options for compensation, including filing a claim under your own PIP coverage, filing a claim with the drunk driver’s insurance, and filing a lawsuit. We will put your needs first throughout the entire process, and advocate for you in a way that is both aggressive and compassionate.
Our lawyers are ready to hear from you. Please contact us today online or by phone to schedule your free consultation with one of our double board certified attorneys.