Tampa DUI Lawyers Help Victims Injured by Drunk Drivers
Aggressively pursue maximum compensation possible
Driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is clearly a negligent act. A driver who becomes intoxicated and chooses to get behind the wheel puts every single driver on the road at risk of injury or death. While the criminal court system will punish the drunk driver who has caused an accident due to their negligence, at Larson Johnson, PL we know the criminal justice system does little to adequately compensate the victim or victim’s family who have been injured.
Injury or death that is caused by a drunk driver is one of the most upsetting and frustrating of any type of personal injury case. The idea that an innocent victim has suffered a serious or fatal injury due to the acts of an irresponsible individual can evoke anger and outrage. We take special interest in representing those who have been seriously injured due to the recklessness of an impaired driver. We will aggressively pursue all damages, including punitive damages, against the intoxicated or impaired driver.
Drunk drivers also face tough penalties
Because drunk drivers cause accidents and deaths every day on the state’s roadways, Florida law calls for tough penalties. In addition to a conviction remaining on their driving record for 75 years, drunk drivers face jail time, loss of driver license, heavy fines, community service and probation for a first offense with penalties increasing for subsequent offenses. They also face civil liability, including punitive damages for their reckless conduct.
Depending on the circumstances, drunk drivers can face the following criminal charges:
- DUI Misdemeanor — If a motorist causes property damage or injury to another while driving under the influence, they will be charged with a first degree misdemeanor and face a fine up to $1,000 and one year imprisonment.
- DUI Felony Conviction — A motorist can be charged with a third degree felony and face a fine up to $5,000 and five years’ imprisonment if:
- They are convicted of a third DUI within 10 years or a fourth or subsequent DUI;
- They cause serious bodily injury while driving under the influence.
Liability may extend to provider of alcohol
In addition to pursuing recovery against the drunk driver himself, Florida law provides ways to recover damages from the provider of alcoholic beverages to the drunk driver. The attorneys at Larson Johnson are skilled at determining who is at fault and may be liable for damages in drunk driving accidents. People who serve alcoholic beverages may be liable under Florida law for damages resulting from the consumption of alcohol that led to the injuries.
Hurt by a drunk driver? Call our Tampa accident lawyers right away
Injured by a drunk driver? Contact Larson Johnson, PL online or call 813.228.6688 for immediate assistance. The initial consultation is free and you pay no legal fees until your case is successfully resolved through settlement or trial. It is essential in drunk driving cases that measures be taken promptly in order to preserve all evidence, investigate the accident and enable physicians along with expert witnesses to evaluate the injuries sustained by yourself or a loved one.