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Compensation after being hit by a drunk driver

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Getting hit by someone who was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be especially frustrating, due to their irresponsible behavior and knowing that the accident did not have to happen.

If you were hurt due to an accident that someone else caused, you are often entitled to financial compensation. Can you receive extra compensation in Florida if someone who was driving under the influence caused the accident?

DUI drivers are held to different standards

If you get into an accident with a DUI driver in Florida, it is good to know that the law automatically assumes that they are at fault. This is the case even if you are also partially to blame for the crash. Due to this, it may be easier for you to obtain compensation than it would have had you been involved in a crash with a sober driver.

Restaurants and bars

You may have a case for seeking compensation from the establishment that served the intoxicated person who caused the crash if the person recently consumed alcoholic beverages at that establishment prior to the accident. The law that makes this possible is a dram shop law, which states that a restaurant or bar can be liable for serving someone who they know is a habitual drinker, or someone who they know is underage.

Being aware of the fact that you may receive more compensation if a DUI driver hits you helps ensure that you get the funds you need to make up for lost wages and medical bills.