Miami Drunken-Driving Accidents
We all know Miami is a great place to live, and to have a good time. Yes, we’re known primarily for our “good times.” But good times should start off and end, well, “good.” Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Oftentimes, sadly, some people have too much of a good time and drink excessively and then get behind the wheel of a car and put not only their own life at risk, but the lives of everyone else in their path. This is when “good times” turn into bad times – very bad times – for more than just the drunken driver.
According to Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2012 there were more than 17,000 confirmed alcohol-related crashes. And the numbers don’t seem to be making any rapid declines year after year. It’s catastrophic when your life or the lives of your friends and family are changed due to drunk drivers irresponsible actions. After a DUI accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries and other expenses that are not covered by insurance. You may also be able to receive punitive damages, which are damages meant to punish the driver who was responsible for your accident. In most car accident cases, proof of negligence is enough for the driver to be held accountable for damages; however, in order to receive damages in a drunken-driver case, you must first prove that the driver was intoxicated at the time of the incident. You must provide concrete evidence in order to file a lawsuit. There are a few other things you should know as well in order to protect your rights following an accident involving a DUI:
- Gather as much information from the scene. Include photos, witness statements, contact information, etc.
- See a doctor as soon as possible and follow his or her advice
- Contact your insurance company immediately
- Don’t sign anything from any insurance adjusters
- Contact a knowledgeable attorney
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a DUI accident, or if you have lost a loved one due to a drunken driver, the experienced attorneys at Friedman Rodman Frank & Estrada, P.A. can help. With nearly 100 years of combined service, our lawyers will provide experienced, dedicated and individualized representation to help you recover losses. Florida has laws specifically designed to help victims of DUI accidents. We understand the challenges you can face after an accident, and we handle each case with the utmost compassion, respect and understanding. We are committed to ensuring you receive maximum compensation for your case. The most common damages that can be collected after a drunken-driving accident include:
- Compensation for property damage
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Loss of current and future income
- Damages for pain and mental suffering
- Mental anguish
- Punitive damages
Attempting to collect compensation through insurance companies can be complicated, and you will likely need the assistance of an experienced lawyer. At Friedman Rodman Frank & Estrada, P.A., we will help you collect compensation beyond that which is provided through regular insurance claims. We will use our extensive resources to collect, organize and present evidence on your behalf. We help individuals and families across Miami navigate the legal process, while protecting their rights. Our attorneys have the extensive knowledge, experience, and skill you need to determine your full legal options and seek fair compensation for your injuries or loss. To learn more, contact us online or at our Miami law offices by calling 305-448-8585 or 877-448-8585. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All consultations are free and confidential.