Tampa Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
Compassionate Legal Advocacy in Your Time of Need
Drunk driving is a preventable cause of motor vehicle accidents, and it is one of the leading causes of vehicular fatalities in the United States. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37 people in the United States lose their lives in drunk driving accidents every day. That means someone is fatally injured in a drunk driving accident every 39 minutes.
These sobering statistics mean that there are likely many individuals and families in Tampa who are currently struggling to cope with the aftermath of a drunk driving accident. The physical and emotional pain caused by such an incident can be immense, and the financial burden of medical treatment and missed wages can be overwhelming.
Fortunately, you do not have to face these challenges alone. The compassionate attorneys at The Yerrid Law Firm, P.A. are here to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Our Tampa drunk driving accident lawyers are prepared to aggressively advocate for you in and out of the courtroom, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that you obtain the highest possible recovery.
What Is Considered "Drunk Driving" in Florida?
In Florida, a person is considered to be driving under the influence (DUI) if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is 0.08% or higher. Florida's DUI laws are strict, and the legal limit may be lower for individuals under the age of 21 or for those operating commercial vehicles.
How an Attorney Can Help
1. Investigation and Evidence Gathering:
Our legal team will conduct a thorough investigation to gather evidence related to the drunk driving accident. This includes obtaining police reports, witness statements, and any available surveillance footage.
2. Determining Liability:
Identifying liable parties is crucial. Beyond the impaired driver, others may be held responsible, such as establishments that overserved alcohol or individuals who provided the alcohol to the impaired driver.
3. Navigating the Legal Process:
Drunk driving cases involve complex legal procedures. Our attorneys will guide you through the legal process, ensuring all necessary steps are taken to build a strong case.
4. Negotiating with Insurance Companies:
Dealing with insurance companies can be challenging. We will handle negotiations on your behalf, aiming to secure fair compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses.
5. Litigating When Necessary:
If a fair settlement cannot be reached, our firm is prepared to take your case to court. We have a proven record of success in litigating complex personal injury cases.
Common Injuries in Drunk Driving Accidents
Victims of drunk driving accidents often suffer severe injuries, including:
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): High-impact collisions can lead to traumatic brain injuries, affecting victims both physically and cognitively.
Spinal Cord Injuries: The force of a crash can cause spinal cord injuries, resulting in paralysis or long-term mobility challenges.
Fractures and Broken Bones: The impact of a collision can lead to fractures and broken bones, requiring extensive medical treatment.
Internal Injuries: Organ damage and internal bleeding are common in drunk driving accidents, necessitating immediate medical attention.
Emotional Trauma: Victims may suffer from emotional distress, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to the traumatic nature of the accident.
Parties Liable According to Florida Law
Under Florida law, multiple parties could potentially be liable for your injuries. These include:
Driver: The intoxicated driver is directly responsible for the accident and may face criminal charges.
Establishments: Florida's dram shop laws allow for liability against establishments that served alcohol to an already intoxicated individual.
Social Hosts: Individuals who knowingly provided alcohol to the impaired driver may also be held liable.
Our team will thoroughly investigate all avenues to maximize your compensation.
Why Choose The Yerrid Law Firm, P.A.?
At The Yerrid Law Firm, P.A., we are passionate about helping our clients achieve justice. With decades of experience, our attorneys have a deep understanding of Florida's drunk driving laws and the tactics used by insurance companies to minimize payouts.
We believe that victims should focus on their recovery, not battling insurance companies. That's why we handle every aspect of your claim, allowing you to focus on healing.
We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and explain how we can help. And because we work on a contingency fee basis, you won't owe us anything unless we recover compensation for you.
If you or a loved one are injured in a drunk driving accident in Tampa, contact The Yerrid Law Firm, P.A. today. Let us fight for your rights and help you secure the compensation you deserve.