Injured By a Drunk Driver in Florida? You Have Rights.
Every year in Florida, more than 2,000 automobile accidents occur. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of these accidents are a result of drunk drivers. By most estimates more than 600 deaths occurred as a result of drivers being intoxicated on Florida roadways, about one-third of those killed were the actual drivers. Our Florida drunk driving accident attorney can help answer any question you have.
Victims have rights too
While we all understand that sometimes accidents are no one’s fault, this is not true when it comes to someone who makes a decision to get behind the wheel of their vehicle when they have been drinking. Even with Florida’s “no fault” insurance laws, people who have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident or those who have suffered permanent injuries as a result of a drunk driving accident have the right to be compensated for their injuries.
What difference does no fault make?
No fault laws mean that after an accident, you file a claim with your own insurance company. However, this does not prohibit you from filing a personal injury suit with a drunk driving accident attorney. We can help you file a personal injury suit if your injuries rise to certain levels under Florida law. The threshold is:
- You suffered permanent injury
- You have significant scarring that could be permanent
- You have suffered a disfiguring injury such as loss of a limb or digit
While this threshold may appear to be very high, The Law Offices of Paul K. Schrier, PLLC has more than 65 years of experience in handling personal injury cases in Florida. Our goal is always the same: We want to make sure that you do not suffer any type of financial loss after a drunk driving accident.
At The Law Offices of Paul K. Schrier, PLLC, we encourage victims of drunk driving accidents to take some very specific steps after an accident:
- Medical care – make sure you get the proper medical care. Remember, oftentimes after an accident your body is full of adrenaline which could mask injuries. Go to an emergency room or see your primary care physician for a thorough checkup.
- Document everything – if you have the names of witnesses, make sure you give them to your accident attorney. Get complete copies of police reports, witness statements and when available photographs and provide them to your attorney.
- Do not make a statement to insurers – whenever possible, avoid making any recorded or written statement to an insurance company without speaking with an attorney first.
Do not let the clock run out
Under Florida law, victims of drunk driving accidents must file a legal claim within four years of the date of the accident. Additionally, Florida personal injury statutes also use a pure comparative negligence rule that says that if you are in any way responsible for the accident, that your final award may be reduced by the percentage you are deemed at fault.
Work with An Experienced Florida Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
At The Law Offices of Paul K. Schrier, PLLC we have a proven track record of winning verdicts for our clients. If you have been injured as a result of a drunk driver or you are one of the more than 600 families in Florida who have lost a loved one because of a drunk driver, call us at 1-800-700-7285 immediately for assistance.