Driving Under the Influence is the cause of thousands of traffic and boating deaths annually. If you live in Florida it is likely you, or someone you know, have been involved in an accident either as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian involving the negligence of an impaired driver.
In Florida, the law states that an individual who operates a motor vehicle or watercraft with a BAC (blood alcohol content) above 0.08 is presumed to have been operating while their normal faculties were impaired. Additionally, those driving under the influence of illegal, or even prescription drugs, may be charged under the state law as an impaired operator, whether the medication was prescribed or not.
If a Driver is found to be under the legal limit it does not necessarily mean they were not impaired. Although the negligent party may not be at a level to be criminally charged, the use of alcohol and/or drugs could still be a major factor in the accident. For this reason, injury cases involving alcohol and/or drugs are very complex and require extensive analysis and consideration of all factors to effectively represent the injured.
Robinson Law will explore all potential remedies in cases involving injury accidents and impaired drivers. The “Dram Shop” Act was designed to hold nightclubs, restaurants, bars, and other establishments that serve alcohol accountable for serving those visibly intoxicated. If these establishments, or their employees, serve a noticeably intoxicated individual they might be responsible for the damage or injuries caused by that patron’s actions. In addition, if a business selling alcohol fails to request or confirm identification, ultimately serving a minor, they can be exposed to liability for the damages that were caused by that minor. Lastly, if alcohol was consumed at a private home, the homeowner may be legally responsible for injuries caused by their guest. With multiple avenues to be investigated in impairment cases, you need an experienced attorney to make certain no stone is left unturned. Robinson Law will fight to protect you and hold negligent parties accountable for their actions.
If you or a loved one were the victims of an Impaired Driver/ Boater, dial 1-833-MAKE-THE-CALL (625-3843). Allow the attorneys at Robinson Law to provide you a FREE CONSULTATION and assist you in protecting your rights.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A DUI/BUI ACCIDENT:
- Stop and assess the situation.
- Call 911.
- Seek medical attention if necessary.
- If you are physically able to, get as much information from everyone at the accident scene, especially any witnesses. At the very least, write down the tag number of the vehicle involved in the accident.
- Take pictures of the damage to your vehicle and other vehicles involved even if only with a camera phone.
- Only speak to law enforcement regarding your accident and notify them if you suspect any negligent drivers/boaters are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Review the police report and make sure all documented information is accurate.
- Do not provide any statements or sign any documents for insurance company representatives or other adverse individuals.
- Dial 1-833-MAKE-THE-CALL (625-3843) for a FREE CONSULTATION 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with our team.
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