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Fort Lauderdale Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

 

Ft Lauderdale accident attorney David I. Fuchs has over 20 years of experience in successfully representing victims, their families and friends who have suffered a death in the family or sustained serious or catastrophic bodily injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills because of the negligence of a drunk driver or other party.

Every thirty minutes an alcohol-related car accident proves fatal. Every two minutes, an alcohol-related injury occurs. These fatalities and injuries can involve:

  • Passengers of other vehicles
  • Drivers of other vehicles
  • Pedestrians
  • Family members of a person killed by a drunk driver

DUI vs DWI

Driving under the influence or DUI: refers to driving drunk. Driving while intoxicated or DWI refers to driving while under the influence. Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers point out that DWI offenses include not only alcohol, but illegal substances and even prescription substances which warn against the operating of a vehicle with their use.

Drunk driving and liability

There is a certain amount of due diligence and reasonable care that must be exercised while driving. A driver who does not do this is considered negligent. In a drunk driving case, the injured person must prove the negligence of the other driver in some way. For example, they must prove that the other driver was under the influence, drunk, or ignoring the warning label of their prescription medications. They must prove that this negligence was the cause for the accident, and thus, the injuries suffered.

A person driving under the influence can be found liable, even if they are below the legal limit of intoxication. It is the responsibility of the injured persons Ft Lauderdale accident lawyer to prove the intoxication of the other driver as well on its affect on that individuals judgment and ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Consequently, an individual found to have been operating a motor vehicle while driving drunk or otherwise impaired may be required to pay for any damages, either to a person or property, caused by his or her negligence.

Damages

Under Florida law, after a car accident where a defendant is found liable or at fault, that individual is required to pay damages to the injured party. Typically, these damages are paid through the insurance company and are put in place to compensate the injured party for the following:

  • Medical bills and treatment
  • Lost income
  • Emotional distress
  • (occasionally) punitive damages

Third party liability

If you are injured in a drunk driving accident, your legal rights can extend beyond the drunk driver themselves and to the provider of the alcohol. This is a very specific type of case and often very difficult to prove. Your Fort Lauderdale injury attorney would need to prove five key determinants before taking on a third party liability case:

  1. The third party provided the driver with alcohol.
  2. The providing of the alcohol intoxicated the driver.
  3. The driver became clearly intoxicated, or displayed visible signs of intoxication.
  4. The third-party should have been aware of the drivers inability to drive and did nothing.
  5. The intoxication of the driver was the direct cause of the car accident, which directly resulted injury to the victim.,

This third party liability has a very limited application to individual hosts in social situations. Fort Lauderdale injury lawyer David I. Fuchs is aware of the many laws governing legal responsibility, and can help you identify who might be held responsible for your injuries, including people or businesses you might not have considered.

Proving intoxication

If you are injured in a drunk driving accident it is important for your case to have the following:

  • Police report: a written accident report at the scene of the accident.
  • Witnesses: 3rd party accounts to the amount of alcohol or substances consumed by the driver, as well as any symptoms of intoxication that might have been witnessed.
  • Experts: medical specialists, law enforcement officers, or health specialists who can provide insight to accompany the safety issues present.

Ft Lauderdale personal injury lawyer David I. Fuchs will represent you for injuries that include, but are not limited to:

I) Injuries requiring surgery, sutures, staples
2) Traumatic Brain Injury, including those caused by oxygen deprivation
3) Severe burns resulting in significant and permanent scarring
4) Mental anguish and emotional distress, death
5) Those injuries caused by a collision with a driver that is drunk, impaired or otherwise under the influence of narcotics or drugs.

After a collision with a drunk driver or a driver that is otherwise impaired by prescription drugs or narcotics it is imperative to call the police to the accident scene, seek immediate medical treatment. It is then important to seek legal counsel to protect your legal rights by calling lawyer David I. Fuchs who will take your call and speak with you immediately about your accident with a drunk or impaired driver. Fort Lauderdale accident attorney David I. Fuchs will then stand ready to fight for you to see that you get compensation for your pain and suffering, any lost wages and medical bills.

Involved in a drunk driving accident in Fort Lauderdale? Call Lawyer David I. Fuchs Toll Free at 800-570-2858 for a free consultation to discuss your accident case. You may also write to Attorney David I. Fuchs by filling out the form on the “Contact Us” page.

If you cannot come to us lawyer David I. Fuchs will send a representative to see you. We speak English and Spanish. Se habla Inglés y Español.

Llame al abogado de accidentes David Fuchs.

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