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Who Can I Sue If I Am Hit by a Drunk Driver in a Florida Accident Case?

My name is Alex Hunt and I’m a trial attorney with the law firm of Goldman &Daszkal.

Unfortunately, drunk driving is a major problem in our South Florida communities. We represent clients who have been victims of drunk drivers frequently, and when these people come in, I’m often asked the question of, ‘who can we sue?’

And the answer is, we can always sue the driver of the vehicle, you can sue the owner of the vehicle, and in some circumstances, particularly in circumstances of underage drinking, you can sue the bar or the restaurant where that person was being served.

In addition to getting damages simply for the injuries of our clients we can also get, in the state of Florida, what are known as punitive damages. Those are damages that are specifically designed to either deter or to punish the person who was engaging in the conduct of drunk driving.

Recently, we had a case where a young client of ours was driving down the road and as he drove through a green light, a drunk driver coming the other way drove directly into the side of him. We were able to utilize the dashcam footage to show the severity of the accident; and when the police arrived, we were able to bodycam footage to establish that the driver was in fact drunk at the time of the incident; and we were able to use the breathalyzer results to convince the insurance company that their client was drinking while they were driving. Ultimately we increased the value of the case significantly with that evidence and got the client over $400,000 for his injuries.

If you or someone you know were involved in a case involving a drunk driver, please feel free to give us a call. It’s important that you speak to attorneys who have experience in this area of the law and understand how to demonstrate that in fact the defendant was driving drunk. The consultation is free, and we look forward to hearing from you.

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