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At Heintz Law, our DUI injury attorneys help victims and their families in Sarasota, Bradenton, and across Florida obtain the compensation they deserve. We pride ourselves on working aggressively to make sure that reckless drivers are held liable for causing accidents while driving drunk. Our lawyers aggressively pursue claims against drunk drivers who are responsible for serious injuries and death.

These preventable tragedies are unlawful and cause immense pain and suffering for victims and their families. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, contact our law office to consult with a DUI injury attorney. We will fight on your behalf for just compensation and help you hold negligent drivers responsible for their actions. If you have lost a family member in a car accident caused by a drunken driver, we can file and prepare a wrongful death claim on your behalf. We have achieved significant verdicts and settlements for car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accident victims statewide.

Understanding DUI Laws in Florida

The state of Florida has strict DUI laws to prevent accidents. Unlawful BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is 0.08, meaning any level that is equivalent to or more than 0.08 while behind the wheel will lead to penalties. For the first conviction, fines range from $500 to $2,000. Other potential penalties are vehicle impoundment, license suspension or revocation, or even imprisonment.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. A DUI injury attorney can help to ensure that you receive the full and fair compensation that you deserve. With their extensive knowledge of the law and expertise in handling DUI cases, an experienced lawyer will work diligently to protect your rights and recover maximum damages on your behalf.

Florida Dram Shop Liability Laws

Florida alcohol liability laws fall under the Dram Shop Act. This state statute outlines the cases in which an establishment or individual can be held responsible for injuries caused by someone they provided with alcohol.

In most Florida personal injury and wrongful death cases involving intoxication, the provider of the alcohol cannot be held liable. The main exception to this rule is when the establishment or individual provides alcohol to a minor or to a person with a known drinking problem. In such cases, liability on the part of the provider may exist. By reviewing the details of your drunk driving accident case, a DUI injury attorney at our Bradenton firm can better assess which involved parties should be part of a lawsuit.

DUI-Related Injuries

DUI-related injuries can be some of the most devastating and life-changing events a person can experience. Unfortunately, these types of accidents are all too common. When someone is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and gets behind the wheel, they not only pose a risk to themselves but also to other drivers and passengers on the road. Tragically, this often leads to serious injuries or even death.

Whiplash and Soft Tissue Injuries

Often considered minor, whiplash and soft tissue injuries can lead to significant pain and long-term discomfort. Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are abruptly jerked in a collision, causing strain on the neck's soft tissues. Symptoms may not appear immediately, which is why medical attention is crucial after any accident.

Broken Bones and Fractures

High-impact collisions frequently result in broken bones and fractures, affecting various parts of the body. These injuries can be debilitating and may require surgical intervention, leading to lengthy recovery periods.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

TBIs range from mild concussions to severe brain damage. The force of an accident, such as a head hitting the dashboard or steering wheel, can lead to brain injuries. TBIs have the potential for long-term cognitive and physical impairments.

Spinal Cord Injuries

DUI accidents can result in spinal cord injuries, which may lead to partial or complete paralysis. These injuries require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and long-term care.

Internal Injuries

High-speed collisions can cause internal injuries, such as damage to internal organs, bleeding, or injuries to the chest or abdomen. These injuries might not be immediately apparent, emphasizing the need for thorough medical evaluation.

Emotional and Psychological Trauma

Beyond the physical injuries, DUI accidents can cause severe emotional and psychological trauma. Survivors may experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and other emotional challenges.

Wrongful Death

Tragically, DUI accidents often lead to fatalities. Families who lose loved ones in these accidents face not only emotional devastation but also potential legal complexities surrounding wrongful death claims.

In DUI-related injury cases, understanding the types of injuries and their consequences is vital. Victims and their families should seek immediate medical attention, and subsequently, legal guidance, to ensure their rights are protected and they receive the compensation they deserve for the physical, emotional, and financial hardships they endure.

Contact a DUI Injury Attorney from Heintz Law

If a drunk driver has victimized you or your family, the experienced team of DUI injury attorneys at Heintz Law can protect your rights as a victim and fight for fair compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Sarasota and Bradenton-area attorneys, call us at 941-748-2916.

DUI Injury Attorney FAQs

What types of compensation can I recover in a DUI accident case?

In a DUI accident case, you can potentially recover compensation for medical bills, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other accident-related losses. The specific compensation will depend on the circumstances of your case.

Are DUI accidents considered criminal offenses?

Yes, DUI accidents are criminal offenses. DUI is a criminal act, and when an accident occurs due to impaired driving, it can lead to criminal charges against the responsible driver.

How can I prove the other driver was under the influence in a DUI accident case?

Proving that the other driver was under the influence often requires evidence such as police reports, witness statements, field sobriety tests, breathalyzer or blood test results, and any criminal charges or convictions related to the DUI.

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim after a DUI accident?

The Florida statute of limitations is typically 4 years. However, it's important to consult with a DUI injury attorney promptly to ensure your claim is filed within the required timeframe.

How do DUI injury attorneys help accident victims?

DUI injury attorneys specialize in helping accident victims recover compensation for their injuries. They investigate the accident, gather evidence, and negotiate with insurance companies on behalf of their clients. They can also pursue legal action if necessary. At Heintz Law, let us be your advocate and support during this difficult time.



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