Intoxicated drivers aren’t just a threat to themselves. They pose a danger to everyone around them, from drivers to bicyclists to pedestrians.
DUI accidents are all too common in Florida, where drunk driving fatalities account for nearly 30 percent of all total traffic deaths every year. On top of our drunk driving problem, accidents caused by drugged driving have become increasingly common in our state, with many drivers operating vehicles under the influence of illicit drugs and prescription pills.
Whether a driver is impaired by alcohol, drugs, or any other substance, intoxicated driving leads to devastating, often fatal accidents. Intoxicated drivers have been known to collide into vehicles, swerve into bike lanes, and veer onto sidewalks.
Driving drunk or drugged isn’t only dangerous—it’s a criminal offense. Florida law provides extensive rights for the victims of DUI injuries and accidents. If you or someone you care about has been a victim of a drunk driving accident, you can protect your rights by hiring an experienced auto accident attorney. While you can’t undo a tragic DUI accident, you can pursue support for recovery costs and hold the reckless driver accountable for their grievous wrong.
At Lawlor, White & Murphy, our attorneys have protected countless Florida families who have been victimized in DUI accidents. We believe drunk and intoxicated driving should never be tolerated, and are committed to combatting this problem in our South Florida community and beyond. With one of our experienced and compassionate attorneys on your side, you can seek justice for the wrong and compensation for your suffering, while raising awareness to this devastating issue facing our state.
In Florida, drivers with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher are above the legal limit. Drunk driving is a third degree felony and punishable by incarceration, steep fines, and license revocation. And if a driver causes harm or injury in a DUI accident, the driver may be subject to civil liability for punitive damages.
A DUI case may involve two parts in our state—the criminal aspect, and the personal injury claim. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk or drugged driver, you may be entitled to a monetary settlement that could include punitive damages. The driver violated the law by driving while over the legal limit, so the accident may be held to a higher standard of liability than other types of crashes.
Exhausted from the emotional and physical toll of a traumatic DUI accident? You may not be feeling up to pursuing a personal injury case. However, it’s essential to do so if you want to be able to support medical treatments and recovery costs for you and your family. While the criminal justice system will prosecute the drunk driver for breaking the law, it falls on the victim to file an injury claim in civil court in order to secure reparation for injuries and losses. An attorney can be a supportive and powerful ally during this time, helping you hold the intoxicated driver accountable while securing support for your family’s healing.
The attorneys at Lawlor, White & Murphey are dedicated to helping DUI accident victims and their families, fearlessly working to protect their rights and defend justice. We will fight for you and your family’s right to health and happiness while you focus on recovery.
The laws surrounding DUI laws are complex, and trying to navigate them on your own can be a nightmare. Instead of resting, recovering, and spending time with your family, you may find yourself thrown into a mess of paperwork, phone calls, and medical bills.
After sustaining traumatic injury in an accident, DUI victims should be spared the hassle, stress, and frustration of seeking justice. That’s where an attorney can help.
As you focus on recovery, an attorney can file a claim for you as the basis for both your insurance claim and potential lawsuit. Your attorney will handle the insurance companies, while investigating and gathering information about your accident.
Below, we’ve listed some of the main steps an attorney will take to prepare your DUI accident case.
Collect police evidence. A good attorney will have a strong working relationship with local law enforcement officials, who are likely to have a wealth of information and evidence regarding the incident. Your attorney may connect with law enforcement offices to secure police reports, police car videos of the scene, and photographs.
Locate witnesses. Your attorney may also seek out credible witnesses to the accidents to gather statements, as well as authorities and experts who can offer up opinions and facts to support your case in court.
Obtain test results. Your lawyer can gather any available test results, including breathalyzer results and blood and urine test results.
Investigate the driver. Your attorney may also be able to find information on whether the driver was taking medications, and whether they have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
Obtain medical records. An attorney may also be able to obtain medical records that demonstrate the severity of the injuries you or your loved one suffered.
Lawlor, White & Murphey Are Here for DUI Accident Victims in South Florida
At Lawlor, White & Murphey, our attorneys have the resources, connections, and experience necessary to investigate your DUI accident case, and the compassion, drive, and determination necessary to defend your rights.
The destruction caused by a DUI accident can turn you and your family’s life upside down—but it does not have to. With the help of our top attorneys, you can ease the recovery process and obtain support for medical bills, lost wages, and overall pain and suffering. Our attorneys will pursue justice on your behalf through research, dedication, and perseverance. Together, we can make sure your family is cared for while keeping drunk and drugged driving from further endangering Florida roadways.
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