Accountability For A Drunk Driving Accident
The decision to get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated is reckless and selfish. Drunk driving accidents are 100% preventable and often result in greater injuries or death.
Even if the drunk driver goes to jail, that doesn’t help victims and their families with the personal and financial hardships they have suffered. The legal team at The Law Offices of Gonzalez & Associates pursues legal action against all liable parties – not only the intoxicated driver but also the establishment that enabled the chain of events by serving the alcohol.
Hit by a drunk driver Florida? Contact our office for a free consultation at 866-626-4257.
You May Have Rights Under Florida’s Dram Shop Law
Under Florida statute, you might have grounds to sue a bar or restaurant for providing alcohol if an intoxicated person ends up causing injuries or fatality while driving drunk. Florida’s dram shop law makes liquor establishments liable under two narrow circumstances:
- Willfully and unlawfully providing alcohol to a person under age 21
- Knowingly providing alcohol to a person who is habitually addicted (alcoholic)
The dram shop law only applies to serving alcohol for consumption on the premises. It does not apply to liquor stores or grocery stores that sell bottled alcohol. Florida also does not hold social hosts (homeowners) liable for drunk driving accidents.
Compassionate And Committed Representation
We know that you are hurting and upset because this accident never should have happened. At Gonzalez & Associates, our focus is supporting you during this difficult time and recovering the maximum compensation we can. Drunk drivers are more likely to cause severe injuries when they run red lights, rear-end other drivers at high speed or cause a head-on collision. That makes it more important to have an experienced personal injury attorney working on your case.
If you have exhausted your no-fault medical benefits, we pursue a claim against the drunk driver’s insurance company for additional compensation such as lost wages, future medical care, permanent disability, and pain and suffering. If the driver is not insured for bodily injury, we will pursue compensation under your own uninsured motorist policy. We will sue the bar or restaurant if applicable. If none of these apply, we will go after the drunk driver’s personal assets. You should not bear the financial burdens caused by their criminal act.
Start Your Recovery By Calling Us Today
When alcohol is suspected, the investigation is more complex and the stakes are higher. We know what to do to protect your rights and secure your compensation. Arrange a free consultation at 866-626-4257 or contact us online. We have offices in Miami, Tampa and Orlando.