Fort Lauderdale Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
A DUI driver who causes you injury in a crash may affect your legal case
In Florida, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) represents a misdemeanor or even a felony crime, particularly when this criminal behavior causes injury to others. Police are likely to notice intoxication after you call them to report the accident, and they may even place offenders under arrest before you have the opportunity to collect the full information you need for a claim. Nevertheless, the police report should provide the information you need to file with your insurance company. And a free consultation with a the Fort Lauderdale drunk driving attorneys at Fazio, DiSalvo & Abers, P.A. can help ensure that all available legal action is taken to protect your rights to compensation.
Florida’s legal ramifications of drunk driving
In Florida, drivers can face charges of DUI if their blood alcohol content (BAC) tests at 0.08 percent or above. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, even a first conviction carries stiff penalties, including any or all of the following:
- Community service
- Vehicle impoundment or immobilization
When drivers under the influence cause property damage or personal injury in a DUI accident, they face first-degree misdemeanor charges. Repeat offenders or those who cause serious injury or wrongful death can face felony charges.
These penalties serve to get dangerous drivers off the roads, and your auto accident lawyer at Fazio, DiSalvo & Abers, P.A. can potentially use DUI convictions as valuable evidence of liability to support your claim. We have the skills and experience to navigate the legal maze when a criminal case causes complications for your injury claim.
DUI accidents often create many questions for our clients
The legal considerations of drunk-driving accidents create countless unique questions for injury victims, such as the following:
- If I am a passenger in a vehicle driven by a drunk driver, do my rights to compensation change based on whether or not I knew of his or her condition?
- Do I lose my rights to receive compensation for my injuries if the drunk driver who caused the accident dies?
- Even if I have to rely on my own no-fault insurance policy to pay the expenses for my injuries, can I sue other parties such as a bar that over-served the negligent driver and allowed him or her to drive away?
At Fazio, DiSalvo & Abers, P.A., we answer all questions you have during your free initial consultation, and we promptly respond to your questions and concerns throughout the legal process.
Contact us for the advice and answers you need after an accident caused by a drunk driver
DUI-related motor vehicle accidents can result in serious injuries while posing legal considerations beyond filing a no-fault insurance claim. A free initial consultation with the board-certified trial lawyer at Fazio, DiSalvo & Abers, P.A. can go a long way toward answering your questions and protecting your legal rights. We take calls 24/7, offer flexible hours for a free consultation, and we can meet with you in our convenient downtown office, at home or in the hospital. We take cases on a contingency-fee basis, so you pay no attorney fees until we win or settle your case. Contact us online, or call us at (954) 463-0585 today.