More than 6,000 car accidents occurred in Sarasota County last year. Sadly, 122 of these accidents involved drunk or impaired driving, resulting in 74 injuries and nine fatalities. Drunk driving accidents aren’t like common accidents. Car accidents involving alcohol are entirely avoidable—a drunk driver makes the choice to drink and drive, and when they do, they knowingly put the safety of others at risk. If you or someone you care about was injured by a drunk driver, our team of knowledgeable and experienced DUI injury attorneys can help. We’re dedicated to representing victims of negligence in Sarasota and throughout Florida’s Southwest Gulf Coast.
Contact our Sarasota DUI injury attorneys by calling 941-748-2916 for your free consultation.
If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to financial recovery, which includes compensation for things like:
In cases where a family member has died due to the negligence of a drunk driver, surviving family members (e.g., spouse, children, parents, etc.) of the decedent can file a Sarasota wrongful death lawsuit on the decedent’s behalf.
Victims and families who’ve suffered a drunk driving tragedy have the right to hold that drunk driver accountable for the injuries, death, or property damage they cause.
Like all personal injury cases, it’s critical that victims (or their loved ones) work with an experienced Sarasota injury lawyer to ensure compensation is comprehensive.
For example, victims and families will need compensation for past medical bills, but they may also require compensation for future medical needs.
It takes foresight and experience to ensure the best outcome for a client, and at Heintz Law, that’s exactly what we provide.
According to Florida law, if you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, you are considered the victim of a criminal act and, typically, the drunk driver is automatically “at fault” for the accident.
Many DUI accidents are handled in criminal court, which can sometimes lead to restitution (money) for the victim or their family. In many cases, however, the money awarded in criminal court doesn’t cover the victim’s total losses.
Since Florida is a no-fault insurance state, car insurance covers car accident damages in minor cases. However, depending on the extent of the injuries, an injury lawsuit may help ensure the victim is fully compensated for his or her losses.
Even if the case is tried in criminal court, perusing a civil lawsuit can help ensure all damages are fairly compensated. In fact, evidence prepared for a criminal case can help prove your claim in civil court.
It’s important to note that fault in a drunk driving case isn’t always perfectly clear…even if one driver is intoxicated. Victims, for example, might not win their case if they were also being reckless when the crash occurred.
That’s why it’s important to contact an experienced DUI injury attorney following any crash involving alcohol.
If you’ve been involved in a drunk driving accident in or near Sarasota County, your case is important to us. While other injury law firms juggle hundreds of cases at once, our dedicated team of attorneys handles a limited number of cases to ensure the best results for our clients.
More importantly, we will take your case to trial if it means you get the compensation you deserve.
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