Who Can Be Held Responsible for Drunk Driving Accidents in Florida?
In most cases, it is clear the drunk driver was responsible for the crash. However, Florida dram shop law does indicate that businesses such as bars can also be held responsible under certain circumstances. For example:
- If a bar, restaurant, or another place of business “willfully and unlawfully” sells alcohol to a minor, who becomes intoxicated and causes a crash, that establishment may be held liable for the victim’s injuries.
- If a bar, restaurant, or another establishment “knowingly serves a person habitually addicted” to alcohol, the business may be held responsible for a resulting crash under the Florida dram shop law.
Our drunk driving attorneys know the ins and outs of Florida personal injury law, and we will identify every potential source of compensation in your case. Schedule a free consultation with our personal injury attorneys today to learn more.
Protect Your Rights After a Drunk Driving Accident
Although there’s often nothing you could have done to prevent a drunk driver from hitting you, there are steps you can take after a crash to protect your rights.
- Call the police. A law enforcement officer will test the at-fault driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) and take notes about the crash. The officer’s accident report will serve as crucial evidence in your case.
- Seek medical attention. As soon as possible, get treatment for your injuries. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Your medical records will provide documentation for how seriously you have been injured.
- Take photos and make notes about the crash scene. If possible, take photos of the vehicles, your injuries, and anything else that will help show what happened at the scene. Also, make notes about how the at-fault driver was acting. Was he or she stumbling, slurring words, or confused? And be sure to get the driver’s name and insurance information.
- Get the names and contact information for witnesses. Your attorney will talk to anyone who witnessed the crash to understand their perceptions of what happened and how the at-fault driver was acting.
- Do not give a recorded statement to the insurance company. Although an insurance adjuster may act caring and concerned, the adjuster is working to protect the insurance company, not you. Anything you say can be used against you as you pursue a claim for compensation. It is crucial that you let your personal injury attorney handle all communication with the insurance company.
When you enlist the help of the drunk driving lawyers at Rosen & Ohr, our team will immediately begin investigating your claim. We handle every aspect of your case from start to finish, so you can focus on your health and healing.
Talk to Our Experienced Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a family member has been seriously hurt in a drunk driving crash, our skilled car accident attorneys are here to help. In addition to personal injury cases, our compassionate team also handles wrongful death claims for families who have lost a loved one in drunk driving crashes.
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At Rosen & Ohr, P.A., our dedicated Florida car accident attorneys have extensive experience and a proven track record of success in handling drunk driving accident claims. We have recovered maximum compensation for countless crash victims in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and throughout South Florida. Recognized for our success in these types of claims, attorneys Ronald Rosen and Jerrad Ohr are honored to be lifetime members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum ─ a distinction given to less than 1 percent of attorneys across the U.S.