Even today, after social campaigns against drunk driving have constructed a deserved stigma around the practice, DUI-related deaths continue to take away beloved family members and friends. In fact, almost 30 people are killed daily in crashes involving drunk drivers in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That isn’t counting the thousands of people who are injured in drunk driver accidents. In the state of Florida alone, there were about 3,000 reported crashes that resulted in injury in 2019 that involved someone under the influence, per data from The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV).
If you or a loved one was injured by a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may have a personal injury case. Our drunk driver accident attorneys at Spohrer Dodd can guide you through the details of your case as we take action against the DUI offender.
Spohrer Dodd Is Here To Advocate for Your Rights
Our attorneys at Spohrer Dodd have the experience needed to fight for your case. We are committed to holding negligent parties responsible for their actions, and we practice what we preach.
At Spohrer Dodd, our attorneys have won many accolades, including recognition from Martindale-Hubbell™ for demonstrating elite legal skills while adhering to high ethical standards. Our firm was also ranked in 2020 as a Tier 1 firm in “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News — Best Lawyers®, illustrating our effectiveness in serving our clients.
If you think your case is too complicated to pursue, there is no need to worry— Spohrer Dodd can delve into its complexities with acumen and ease. We have done so for many years and have won our clients over $1 billion in compensation in the process.
Call Spohrer Dodd at (904) 637-7721 to consult with a Jacksonville drunk driver accident attorney. We’re here to help.
The Legal Limit for Alcohol Consumption
A driver is considered “under the influence” of alcohol if their Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is .08% or higher. This is equivalent to about four drinks of alcohol, or less depending on the individual’s weight.
Symptoms of this level of intoxication can manifest as poor muscle coordination, impaired judgment and perception, poor concentration, and a reduced ability to process information, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These symptoms can result in a dangerous, life-threatening accident if an intoxicated person attempts to get behind the wheel.
Getting Your Life Back on Track
The fact is, getting into an accident with a drunk driver can be harmful to your physical, mental, and financial health. You may find yourself in need of replacing your wrecked automobile, facing large medical bills, taking time off work without pay, or you may be traumatized by the accident.
Appropriately, the court will take into account the degree to which the drunk driver harmed the other person when estimating damages. How much alcohol the driver had in their system and any past DUI offenses will also have an impact on the case.
Thus, if you were injured by a drunk driver, you may be eligible to fight for adequate recompense to cover the following:
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages, current or future
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- And more
Holding the At-Fault Party Accountable
When pursuing compensation for an accident involving an impaired driver, victims usually have the option to pursue both a criminal case and a civil claim for personal injury or wrongful death. It is important to note that these two legal proceedings are separate but can influence each other. Since the situation is so nuanced, it is advised that you contact a drunk driver accident attorney at our firm to explore your options.
There are a few different parties that could be held liable for the accident:
- The drunk driver
- The driver’s employer
- A bar, restaurant, or other distributor of alcohol
In drunk driver accidents, the fault regularly goes to the drunk driver, but the case can become complicated if they were working at the time of the offense or were under the legal drinking age.
Driving under the influence is a serious offense and often has extremely harmful consequences. At Spohrer Dodd, we are committed to helping the wrongfully injured get back to their lives. If you were injured in a drunk driver accident in Jacksonville, we are prepared to fight for you and pursue the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Contact Spohrer Dodd today for a free consultation with our Jacksonville drunk driver accident attorneys.