Does Florida Have a Dram Shop Law in Place?

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There is nothing worse than being injured in an auto accident, especially as a result of someone else’s negligence. One of the most common types of negligence we see on the road is driving while intoxicated. Though everyone knows it’s wrong, many people still do. Continue reading and reach out to our skilled Jacksonville drunk driving accident lawyers to learn more about the dram shop law in Florida and how we can use it to help you recover the maximum compensation for your injuries. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is the dram shop law in Florida?

Here in Florida, when someone is hurt as a result of a drunk driver, they may be able to hold both the driver and the establishment that served the driver accountable for the accident in certain circumstances. This is outlined in Florida Statutes section 768.125. If an establishment, such as a bar, serves someone who they know to be habitually addicted to alcohol, or a person who is under the age of 21, and they cause an auto accident, the person injured may sue both the driver and the establishment for their injuries.

If you are injured in an accident with a drunk driver, it’s paramount you call the police at once. They will send emergency medical services to the scene, and if they suspect the individual who caused the accident is under the influence of alcohol, they will most likely breathalyze them. We can then use these breath test results to bolster your personal injury claim.

How long do I have to sue a drunk driver for an injury in Florida?

Here in the state of Florida, the statute of limitations is, traditionally, four years, which means that injured accident victims typically have four years from the date of their accident to sue the liable party for compensation. That being said, it’s best to simply bring your claim to the attention of a competent personal injury attorney sooner, rather than later. Ansbacher Law is a staunch advocate for victims of drunk driving accidents, and we are here to put our knowledge and experience to work for you. All you need to do is pick up the phone and give our Jacksonville personal injury attorneys a call today so we can begin working on your case.

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