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Suing Drunk Drivers for Negligence in Florida

Oct 25, 2019 - Personal Injury

Every year, drunk drivers are responsible for about 10,000 deaths nationwide. This number is unacceptable. Drunk drivers suffer from an inherent loss of coordination, which is further compounded by a marked decrease in decision-making skills, so very often, these accidents cause even more damage due to speeding or reckless driving. Those injured in drunk driving accidents very often seek financial compensation to help them get back on their feet again. Please read on to learn more about suing drunk drivers and how our firm can help.

What is the burden of proof?

To win a personal injury claim, you will have to satisfy the burden of proof. This simply means that to successfully sue a negligent party, you must first prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence.

Do I need to hire an attorney to win a lawsuit?

Retaining the services of an experienced attorney can drastically improve your chances of winning your claim. Attorneys are trained in swiftly collecting evidence and effectively presenting the facts to help their clients receive the financial compensation they deserve and need. To prove that you were injured due to a drunk driver’s negligence, your attorney may use surveillance footage of the accident, police reports of the incident, medical documents, eyewitness statements, breathalyzer records, and more.

What is a dram shop law?

Dram shop laws are in place to ensure establishments or vendors do not sell alcohol to certain people. In Florida, the dram shop law prohibits establishments from serving minors under the age of 21 and those who have known drinking problems. This means that if a bar or restaurant, for example, sells alcohol to a minor or a habitually addicted person, and then he gets in their car and causes an accident, the victim may sue both the drunk driver and the establishment that served him.

How long after a car accident can I sue in Florida?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is four years. This means that those injured have four years from the date of their accident to sue the negligent party for damages. If you are someone who has been injured in a drunk driving accident, you cannot afford to wait. Reach out to our knowledgeable firm today. We are here to help.

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Ansbacher Law is composed of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.

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