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Tampa DUI Car Accident Lawyer
Regardless of the fact that the Florida legislature has enacted strict DUI laws, people continue to drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both. As a result, victims and their families are physically, financially and emotionally affected by perfectly preventable crashes. Those are just some of the reasons why our Tampa drunk driving personal injury and wrongful death lawyers are dedicated to preserving and aggressively asserting the rights of DUI victims and their families.
Drunk Driving Accidents in Tampa
As per statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, more than 30,000 drunk driving arrests were made in the state in 2017. The City of Tampa also maintains statistics in connection with drunk driving. In 2016, 2,087 people were arrested in Tampa for DUI. In 2017, the number was reduced to 1,729. That's a remarkable 16.8 percent reduction. DUI crashes comprised 14.5 percent of those 2017 arrests. About 80 percent of the arrests involved blood alcohol contents between .08 and .19.
Our Accident Investigations
The fact that the other driver was under the influence doesn't make drunk driving personal injury cases easy. Our goal is to maximize the proceeds that our clients might receive. A thorough investigation might point to the fact that other persons or entities could also be held liable. They include bars and restaurants, stadiums, special event operators and even social hosts. Our investigations of drunk driving crashes are thorough and meticulous. We leave no stone unturned in searching for parties who might be liable in these types of cases.
Criminal Penalties for Serious Bodily Injuries and Death
If a drunk driver causes serious bodily injury to somebody else in an accident, the driver can be found guilty of a third degree felony that is punishable by up to five years in prison or probation. A DUI fatality carries a minimum mandatory four years in prison. Across the state, DUI fatality sentences average about 10 years. One Florida woman who tweeted "2 drunk 2 care" before she got behind the wheel and killed two other women was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
Civil Cases for Money Damages
A drunk driver can also be sued for money damages in civil court, even at the same time that the criminal case against him or her is pending. That case would be heard in a different courtroom with a different judge and jury. The civil case also carries a different burden of proof. In a criminal case, the prosecution must prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In a civil case, a lower burden of proof of a preponderance of the evidence exists. What that means is that the allegations are more likely true than not true. We monitor every step of the criminal proceedings against drunk drivers who have injured our clients or caused the deaths of their family members. That's because some of that evidence can be put to use in a civil personal injury or wrongful death case.
Common Drunk Driving Accident Injuries
Speed often factors into the injuries and damages suffered in drunk driving accidents. Medical bills and the physical inability of the victim to work can leave a family financially and emotionally overwhelmed. Some common serious injuries consist of:
- Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.
- Multiple fractures.
- Injuries to vertebrae and damage to spinal nerves.
- Organ damage.
- Damage to shoulders, knees and ankles.
Assuming that the drunk driving accident victim is able to preponderate in his or her case against the drunk driver, damages can be awarded. Here are some of the damages that are typically awarded in such cases:
- Past and future medical bills.
- Past and future lost earnings.
- Any permanent disfigurement.
- Any permanent disability.
- Pain and suffering.
- Loss of a normal life.
- Additional substantial damages for a wrongful death.
- Punitive damages.
Time Limitations Exist
The general rule is that you have two years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury case. In a wrongful death claim, that would be two years from the date of death. Those are strict rules with very few exceptions, so be sure to speak with us as soon as possible. Failure to file an appropriate lawsuit within the time set by the statute of limitations is likely to result in a case being forever dismissed.
Contact a Tampa DUI Car Accident Lawyer
Hit by a drunk driver? RHINO Lawyers is the powerful, results-driven law firm, that takes Insurance Companies and Bullies “head on!”
Never give a statement to the drunk driver's insurer without one of our attorneys being with you. That insurer will only try to use your own words against you in the future. If you were seriously injured or lost a family member as a result of the recklessness of a drunk who got behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, contact our offices right away. We'll arrange for a free confidential case consultation and review with you. Not only will we answer your questions, but we'll advise you of all of your legal options too.