Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
Driving while intoxicated (DWI), or driving under the influence (DUI), refers to alcohol and drug-related driving behavior which claims responsibility for thousands of traffic-related deaths each year. In 2017, drunk driving accidents were responsible for 10,874 fatalities throughout the United States and 3,112 fatalities within the State of Florida. Drunk driving accidents are also a primary cause of a number of moderate to severe injuries, from which the consequences to victims may be severe and life-long. If you or a loved one are injured due to a drunk driving accident in Gainesville, FL, the personal injury lawyers in Gainesville with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. can defend your rights as a victim to adequate compensation for recovery from your injury. Contact our law firm today to discuss your personal injury claim.
How Does Florida Law Define Drunk Driving?
The State of Florida imposes strict laws with regard to drunk driving. Drunk-driving laws within Florida prohibit those with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more from operating any type of motor vehicle. The 0.08 percent BAC limit is the standard measurement throughout the United States, but the limit for drunk driving is lower for drivers of commercial vehicles (0.04 percent) and drivers who are under the age of 21 (0.02 percent). Despite the limits for legal measurements of driver impairment, drivers who fall below legal thresholds may still be impaired while driving as a result of the consumption of alcohol, prescribed drugs, and illegal drugs, or as a result of the interaction between various types of alcohol and drugs. In each of these situations, impaired people who operate motor vehicles drastically increase the likelihood and the occurrence of serious and even fatal traffic-related accidents.
Common Types Of Drunk Driving Accidents
In cases which involve drunk or impaired drivers, the most common types of traffic-related accidents likely to occur include rear-end collisions of motor vehicles, such as multi-vehicle collisions and chain-reaction collisions; collisions of motor vehicles with pedestrians at intersections, sidewalks, and curbs; and high-speed collisions with other vehicles and motorists. Victims in alcohol-related car accidents may include other drivers, motor vehicle passengers, pedestrians or bystanders, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and others injured by these accidents.
Common Drunk Driving Injuries
Drunk driving accidents result in a number of different types of injuries. The following types of drunk driving injuries vary in the degree of severity, which range from minor bruising to life-altering injuries with far-reaching and long-term consequences. If a drunk driving accident results in the injury or death of a loved one, our personal injury attorneys can help — contact our law firm today for an evaluation of your case.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Skull fractures
- Spinal cord injury (SCI)
- Back and neck injuries
- Herniated disc
- Sprains and strains
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
Who Is Held Liable In A Drunk Driving Accident?
Drivers who operate any type of motor vehicle on Florida roadways and highways owe a reasonable duty of care with regard to operating their vehicles in a safe, reasonable, and prudent manner as that of a reasonably prudent driver who is either under the same or similar circumstances. When a Florida driver operates a motor vehicle while impaired or while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, he or she violated the applicable standard of care and he or she may be deemed the party responsible for any resulting injury or damages. However, according to Florida Statute § 768.125 — Florida’s dram shop law — a restaurant, a bar, or another business that willfully and unlawfully serves alcohol to a person who is younger than 21 or to a person who is known to be habitually addicted to alcohol may be held liable for any injuries and any damages which result from a drunk driving accident.