DUI / Drunk Driving Accident
Florida relies heavily on its roads and highways to provide transportation to residents and visitors alike. With more drivers on the roads, there are more risks to concern yourself with – especially the actions of other drivers. Unfortunately, not all drivers on Florida roads hold to a high standard of responsibility behind the wheel. Drunk driving, known as DUI in Florida code, is a considerable problem on today's roadways and a disturbingly common cause of motor vehicle accidents.
In 2008, over 230,000 crashes were related to DUI according to the Florida Highway Patrol. These DUI accidents can result in devastating consequences for the accident victims. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Brevard County DUI accident, an experienced auto accident injury attorney can help you fight to recover the maximum damages you deserve from the drunk driver.
Drunk driving is an inexcusably negligent, reckless action that can cause immense property damage and severe injuries in an accident. If you have suffered due to an accident caused by a drunk driver in Melbourne, Palm Bay, Viera, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Islands, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, or the surrounding areas, contact the experienced auto accident injury attorneys at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter. We will fight for you to recover maximum damages in your accident case with a passion that stems from a personal experience as an accident victim. Call (321) 586-9944 today to schedule your free consultation with The Law Offices of James B. Coulter and begin fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Florida DUI Defined
What qualifies as DUI is defined in Fla. Stat. § 316.193. In order to be charged with DUI in Florida, a person must be in actual physical control of a vehicle while meeting one of the following requirements:
A drunk driver may actively make the decision to drive despite his or her knowledge of having faculties inhibited by alcohol, which is a reckless decision. A person guilty of DUI may also think that he or she is fine and perfectly capable of operating a motor vehicle after drinking, which is negligence. In either scenario, if that drunk driver causes the accident you were in, you are entitled to recover damages.
Types of Injuries from Brevard County DUI Accidents
More often than not, drunk drivers operate their car in either a reckless or negligent manner. Either the alcohol lowers their inhibitions so that traffic violations like speeding or running lights seem like a good decision or the driver's faculties are so impaired that they can no longer safely control their vehicle, causing them to weave in and out of lanes and wait too long to break.
This kind of driving on busy Florida roads frequently results in extremely severe accidents. The injuries associated with drunk driving accidents are therefore are just as severe, and include:
Many of these injuries are costly and have lasting effects on the victims, potentially permanently changing the way they live their lives. An experienced Brevard County auto accident lawyer will help you fight to recover the maximum damages you deserve from your accident caused by drunk driving.
Recoverable Damages from a Florida Drunk Driving Accident
Florida law allows DUI accident victims to seek justice in two different ways: the criminal court system and the civil court system. Watching the drunk driver that caused your accident and subsequent damages be adjudicated guilty in criminal court may make you feel like justice has been served, but it doesn't pay for the medical bills and other financial damages caused by the accident.
Conversely, the outcome of the criminal case does not directly affect the decision of the civil court to award damages, so if you lost the criminal case justice may be served in the civil courtroom. No matter the situation, the property damage and personal injuries you suffered are costly, and you deserve to recover that cost from the negligent party that caused them. Some of the damages you may be able to recover in Florida civil court, depending on the severity of the injuries you suffered, with an experienced Brevard personal injury attorney include:
The Law Offices of James B. Coulter | Personal Injury Lawyer for Melbourne Drunk Driving Accident
If you have suffered due to the negligent actions of a drunk driver behind the wheel in Brevard County, Orange County, Seminole County, Indian River County, and Osceola County, you have the right to pursue the compensation and civil justice you deserve. The experienced and compassionate auto accident injury attorneys of The Law Offices of James B. Coulter will gladly fight for that for you. Call (321) 586-9944 today to schedule your free consultation.