Boca Raton Drunk Driving Accident
Driving under the influence is a serious offense in Florida because it puts not only the impaired motorist at risk but also everyone in the near vicinity. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, which means it ultimately decreases brain activity.
With decreased brain activity comes an increased risk of motor-vehicle collisions. Because of alcohol’s effects on the body, drivers who are impaired have significantly slower reaction times, which can prevent them from responding to potential hazards that arise.
If you were hurt in a crash with an impaired motorist, the drunk driving accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston will help you overcome the legal hurdles you will encounter on the path to fair compensation. We have assisted hundreds of clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Call 561-299-3999 to schedule a free consultation with one of our compassionate Boca Raton injury lawyers.How to Prove Liability in a Boca Raton Drunk Driving Accident Claim
Proving liability in drunk driving accident cases is often easier than building claims against drowsy or distracted motorists because there are tangible ways to test for alcohol impairment; however, you cannot rely on the responding officers to build the claim for you. In addition to their official police report and the results of any chemical tests, your case may call for:
- Photographs of the scene;
- Surveillance footage from nearby businesses;
- Dash cam recordings;
- Eyewitness testimony;
- Receipts from nearby establishments like bars or liquor stores detailing the impaired motorist’s recent transactions;
- Social media posts regarding the drunk driver’s activities prior to the collision; and
- Statements from accident reconstruction experts.
While evidence of liability can prove that you are entitled to compensation, evidence of damages will indicate how much you should receive for your specific case. Evidence of damages might include:
- Receipts for vehicle repairs;
- Hospital bills;
- Pharmacy documentation;
- Medical records;
- Journal entries;
- Documentation of lost income;
- Photographs of any visible wounds; and
- Testimony from expert witnesses, such as medical specialists.
When awarding damages for personal injury claims, Florida courts use a pure comparative fault system. That means accident victims may recover compensation even if they were partially liable for the incident; however, the total amount that they can recover will be reduced by their own percentage of fault.
It is not uncommon for multiple parties to be liable for a single motor-vehicle collision, including ones that involve drunk drivers. For example, if you were speeding just before an impaired motorist struck you, a jury might find you 15 percent responsible for the incident. In such a scenario, you would be able to recover compensation for 85 percent of the damages you incurred.Call 561-299-3999 for a Free Consultation With a Boca Raton Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
If you were struck by an intoxicated motorist, contact the drunk driving accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston. Our injury attorneys will not let the insurance adjuster bully you into accepting an unfair settlement. Call 561-299-3999 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free case evaluation.