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Alcohol-related Car Accidents in Orlando
What You Need to Know to Recover Damages
Automobile accidents are terrifying and can be life-altering experiences. When the accident is the result of another driver’s neglect or wrongdoing—such as in the case of alcohol-related car accidents—the emotional and legal turmoil following the crash can be extreme. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you may feel violated and victimized and you might be struggling with what options you have to seek justice.
Get expert guidance from a knowledgeable and compassionate attorney familiar with drunk driving cases by calling the Francis Law Group in Orlando – 888-327-2745.
Drunk Driving Accidents and Civil Lawsuits
It is likely that the police on the scene of your crash have already determined that the other driver was driving under the influence, and that driver will be prosecuted through the criminal justice system. He will likely face hefty fines, loss of driver’s license privileges and possible jail or probation time. Depending on the severity of your injuries and damages, penalties for the drunk driver can be substantial.
But a conviction or plea agreement in a criminal case does not mean that you will recover civil damages. In the state of Florida, civil lawsuits can be brought against a drunk driver for property and bodily injury damages, as well as punitive damages. Punitive damages are payments ordered by the court with the intent to deter the offender from any similar future actions.
Keep in mind that you may recover damages from your own personal injury protection (PIP) coverage as well. All drivers in Florida must carry this coverage, which provides compensation for injury-related expenses. But filing a liability claim or civil lawsuit against the drunk driver can yield larger settlements or awards that fully compensate you for your damages.
Drunk Driving Accidents and Wrongful Death Lawsuits
If your loved one was killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you can initiate a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death is a term used to describe the loss of life as a result of someone’s neglect or wrongdoing. Wrongful death lawsuits seek compensation for a number of damages.
- Medical expenses
- Funeral costs
- Loss of income and support
- Pain and suffering damages such as loss of companionship or parenting assistance
In typical wrongful death cases, the personal representative of the decedent will initiate the lawsuit. Eligible family members can collect financial damages from the responsible party (in this case the drunk driver). Eligible family members include spouses, dependent children, parents and in some cases other immediate family members dependent on the deceased.
Your attorney can help you build a compelling wrongful death case that encompasses all of your losses and damages. Your attorney will also file your lawsuit, manage all communications and represent you in court if necessary.
The Francis Law Group is here to Serve You
The Francis Law Group is an Orlando-based firm that handles cases involving car accidents caused by drunk driving. Our team understands that you are suffering as a victim and that you need someone to manage your case so you can focus on rebuilding your life. If you’ve been in a drunk driving accident, we can build your case to ensure that you receive all fair compensation for your losses.
We have helped many other alcohol-related car accident victims reestablish their financial well-being, which is a big step on the way to healing. Our team works drunk driving cases with compassion for the victim and will listen to you and communicate openly with you throughout the entire process.
Contact us at 888-327-2745 to set up a consultation to discuss your case with an attorney.