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A Closer Look At DWI Accidents

No accident is a good thing, and when you’re involved in a car crash that was caused by the reckless actions of someone else, it can be frustrating and infuriating to have to try to go through a recovery process all on your own. Physical healing is hard, and when added to the financial burdens that an accident can bring it becomes even more difficult.

One type of accident that is especially frustrating to recover from is the DWI accident. Someone’s poor judgment and willful disregard for the laws and safety of others can quickly become a potentially fatal accident. Drunk drivers cause a huge number of wrecks in Florida each year – consider that nearly one-third of all fatalities from traffic accidents involved a drunk driver, and it becomes clear just how dangerous this problem can be.

Under Florida law, driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% isn’t just dangerous – it’s illegal. And while a drunk driver may face criminal charges as a result of their actions, what does that mean to those who are involved in the accident with them – those who suffer because of the drunk driver’s recklessness?

Luckily, those motorists do have rights, and a good personal injury attorney can help represent you and ensure that those rights are represented. There are several things to think about where DWI accidents are concerned, and understanding the basics can help you know more about what to expect.

  • In Florida, DUI or DWI both mean the same thing – a driver who operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. This action is considered ‘negligent and reckless’, which is a requirement for seeking compensation. In short, under the law it must be proven that one party involved in the accident acted in a negligent or reckless manner and that their actions led to the accident in question. DUI is one of the most obvious examples of this type of behavior.
  • Despite the obvious nature of a DUI and its recklessness, that doesn’t always mean that you can immediately receive compensation for your injuries. Insurance companies, legal teams, and even some companies may try to avoid paying out settlement amounts to those who were injured in an accident cause by a negligent driver. In these instances it’s important to remember that a DUI accident lawyer may be able to argue your case and get you the compensation you’re actually owed.
  • Settlement offers are common in DUI cases, but they’re often much less than an injured person is actually deserving of. Everything from lost wages at work to future potential medical costs may play a role in what kind of financial restitution is really owed to you, and having professionals take a look at the basics is important.

The bottom line is that a DUI can be incredibly harmful to you and those you love. However, it’s not always a cut and dry situation when it comes to getting the compensation you’re owed. As a result, talking to a professional accident lawyer is always a good idea. Our team has decades of experience in representing those injured because of a drunk driver. Contact us today to get a free consultation and learn more about what your rights are.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

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