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Can You Sue Someone for Drunk Driving?

Understanding the Severity of Drunk Driving

It's no secret that driving under the influence is one of the most dangerous actions one can take behind the wheel. On average, one person dies every 52 minutes because of a drunk driver.

The nature of driving under the influence is so severe because nearly every aspect of the body is affected:

  • Visual, hearing, and speech functions decline.
  • The ability to concentrate, process information, and your short-term memory decreases.
  • Muscle coordination/control and reaction times begin deteriorating as your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) increases.

All of these things combined impact one's ability to control their vehicle, accumulating to a nearly 100% increase in crash risk with a BAC of just 0.05.

Seeking Damages for Drunk Driving Accidents

Although drunk driving laws vary by state, Florida recognizes it as a negligent action that may result in felony charges if resulting in the injury or death of another driver. Considering this, you are entitled to sue for damages if hit by someone under the influence. Here is what you may be able to recover:

  • Current and future medical expenses related to the accident.
  • Lost wages.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Wrongful death.

If you have more questions about your rights following a drunk driving accident, click here.

Florida’s Dram Shop Laws

Under Florida Statute 768.125, a third party (other than the driver) may assume liability in some cases. In these instances, an entity that serves alcohol to someone underaged or knowingly to an addict can be held responsible for any injuries and damages done by those individuals.

Drunk Driving Accident? We Can Help

Our Florida DUI attorneys are committed to helping you get back on your feet after being injured by a drunk driver. If you or a loved one is seeking compensation for the injuries sustained in a collision of this nature, call (727) 202-5499 or fill out this form to get in touch with a member of our team.