Drunk drivers are likely to speed, swerve in and out of lanes, and ignore traffic signals. All of these actions can potentially cause a serious car accident. As an accident victim, you must overcome injuries, property damage, and the many other financial strains stemming from the incident. Your insurance may cover a portion of your bills, but you’ll likely have to come out of pocket for the remaining balance.\
The Fort Lauderdale drunk driving accident lawyers with Salpeter Gitkin, LLP are seasoned personal injury law professionals who have experience helping accident victims recover compensation for their injuries. Contact us today to discuss your legal options moving forward.
Accidents Caused by Drunk Driving
A drunk driver often has little control over his or her motor skills. Factors including the driver’s speed, the type of vehicle, and level of intoxication all play a role in the severity of a collision. Some of the most common types of drunk driving car accidents include:
- Rear-End Collisions: When a driver has a late reaction to a vehicle stopped in front of him causing a collision.
- T-Bone Collisions: When a driver ignores a traffic signal and speeds through an intersection and hits a crossing vehicle.
- Rollover Accidents: The result of a driver overcorrecting after dosing off or veering over into other lanes of traffic.
Receiving medical attention should be the priority for all parties involved in a severe car accident but as the accident victim, you have the right to seek compensation with the help of a drunk driving accident attorney.
Recovering Compensation for Damages
Florida is a no-fault state which means all licensed drivers are required to have personal injury protection (PIP) to cover all expenses that result from an accident. In most accidents, this will be your only source of relief; however, there are a few instances when you can pursue legal action against the at-fault driver:
- Permanent Injuries: You suffer permanent injuries that result in disfigurement, scarring, and other irreversible conditions. If you do not suffer permanent injuries, you can still pursue litigation if costs associated with the injury exceed $10,000.
- Out of State Accident: PIP insurance may not cover damages if the accident occurs out of state. In such instances, litigation may be the only option for recovering compensation.
- Uninsured Driver: No-fault laws only apply if both drivers carry the minimum required coverage. If the other party involved in the accident lacks coverage, you can take legal action against the driver to recover compensation.
The Fort Lauderdale drunk driving accident lawyers at Salpeter Gitkin, LLP have extensive experience helping those injured recover the funds they’re entitled to by law. Allow us to do the same for you. Contact us today at 954-467-8622 for a free case evaluation.