West Palm Beach Drunk Driving Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, contact the experienced and compassionate West Palm Beach car accident attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. today. For individuals under the age of 21, the blood alcohol content level cannot exceed .02% and for those over 21 blood alcohol content level cannot exceed .08%. Once a driver goes beyond the legal limit of consumption, critical motor functions become impaired, and the driver is thus unable to safely operate a vehicle to the best of their abilities. Driving under the influence can be considered negligent or reckless. If the car accident resulting in your injuries was caused by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Being in a car accident can lead to many short and long-term consequences for victims and their families. Some common injuries victims of car accidents can face include broken bones, severe bruising, fractures, and head, neck, and spine trauma, among others. Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can mean ongoing trips to doctors and specialists, missed time at work, and lost time with friends and family. We do not believe that you should have to go through this trying period alone.
At Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., our Florida drunk driving injury attorneys understand the devastating impact of a car accident caused by an intoxicated driver. The serious injuries associated with drunk driving can leave an extensive financial burden on an individual While we realize that money cannot undo the harm you have suffered, it can alleviate some of your burdens and allow to get the help you need in order to heal. To learn more about your legal rights and what courses of action you may have against those who injured you, contact the knowledgeable and caring West Palm Beach drunk driving car accident attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. today by calling (561) 689-8180.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
If you’ve been hurt by a driver who chose to operate their vehicle while intoxicated, you have the right to take legal action. You could be owed significant compensation, but you may not know how to go about getting it. Having an experienced injury lawyer represent you can vastly improve the outcome of your case. Because an attorney is familiar with the law, they can help by:
- Evaluating the strength of your case
- Gathering relevant evidence to make your case stronger
- Identifying parties who may be held liable for your injuries
- Determining what potential legal causes of action you may have against those who harmed you
In addition, attorneys can consult with experts to evaluate how much compensation a victim needs for past, present and future expenses. Further, an attorney can handle negotiations with other attorneys and insurance agents, thereby relieving some stress for the victim and ensuring that the victim is not pressured into settling for less compensation than they are owed.
Why Choose Us?
At Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., we have been practicing injury law for over 35 years. We believe that those who harm others need to be held accountable for their actions. We recognize that being in a car accident is a traumatic experience that can leave people unsettled. As such, we strive to treat each client with respect, dignity, and compassion. Over the years we have collected millions of dollars for our clients, and you can trust that we won’t stop fighting until we get you the compensation to which you may be entitled. We are so confident that we can win your case that we do not collect our fees until you get your compensation.
Cases We Handle
At Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., we focus our practice on personal injury law, including drunk driving car accidents. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a very concerning issue, as drunk driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents and fatal car accidents. In 2016, drunk driving accidents were responsible for 28% of all traffic fatalities. Every day in the United States approximately 29 people die in drunk driving accidents. In addition, every two minutes a person is injured in a drunk driving accident.
In Florida, there were 8,476 people killed in drunk driving car accidents between 2003 and 2012. Further, in 2016 there were 5,223 alcohol-related car accidents. These drunk driving statistics are alarming, especially since drunk driving accidents can have such serious repercussions for victims and their families.
If you were injured in a car accident involving a drunk driver, Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. can help you get compensation for things such as:
- Lost wages
- Medical treatment and bills
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Wrongful death
If your loved one was tragically killed by the reckless actions of a drunk driver, Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. can also help you pursue a wrongful death action. This will let you recover money for your loved one’s medical bills up to their death, their final expenses, and the loss of support, both emotional and financial, that you would have had from them in the future.
What kinds of compensation you are entitled to will vary depending on the facts of your case. To learn more about what you may be able to expect from a drunk driving lawsuit, contact Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Drunk Driving
What are dram shop laws?
Alcohol used to be sold in small units called drams, and dram shops typically refer to establishments that sell alcoholic beverages. Dram shop laws allow victims of drunk driving accidents to hold bars, restaurants, and other establishments that sell alcohol by the drink liable for injuries caused by drunk drivers who were overserved at those locations.
Florida’s dram shop law says that anyone who sells or furnishes alcohol to a person who is a minor or who “knowingly serves a person habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages” can be liable for damages caused by or resulting from that person’s intoxication.
Unfortunately, Florida’s dram shop law does not, unlike similar laws in other states, contain social host provisions that hold private homeowners liable if they overserve intoxicated guests or they serve alcohol to minors.
What happens if the drunk driver is not convicted of driving under the influence (DUI)?
Even if a driver is not convicted of a DUI, they can still be held liable for charges in a civil suit. Prosecutors must prove a person’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a DUI case because this is a criminal charge. However, civil cases for damages resulting from intoxication can be proven by overwhelming evidence of intoxication and its effects or results. So, a driver could avoid a DUI conviction because of a technicality related to their arrest, but their intoxication could still be proven to the satisfaction of a jury in a civil case.
What kinds of compensation could I be entitled to?
Many drunk driving crashes result in settlements because insurance companies don’t want the civil case tried in court. However, if an insurer refuses to settle in good faith, then taking the case to court may be the only avenue for being awarded compensatory damages.
A person who proves that their injuries were the result of another driver’s intoxication can be awarded compensatory damages that are usually some combination of economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are the actual costs a victim incurs. These can include medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Noneconomic damages, however, are more subjective and include things like pain and suffering, emotional and mental anguish, and disfigurement.
Punitive damages, which are intended to restore something that was lost in an accident, are also often awarded in drunk driving accidents.
Drunk Driving Statistics
According to the Traffic Crash Facts Annual Report 2017 from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 5,125 alcohol-confirmed vehicle accidents in 2017 (2016 had 5,223, and 2015 had 5,522), resulting in a three-year average of 5,290 alcohol-confirmed vehicle accidents.
There were also 350 alcohol-confirmed fatal vehicle accidents in 2017 (2016 had 417, and 2015 had 460), resulting in a three-year average of 409 alcohol-confirmed fatal vehicle accidents.
The Traffic Crash Facts Annual Report 2017 also stated there were 1,946 alcohol-confirmed injury vehicle accidents in 2017 and 3,035 alcohol-confirmed injuries in 2017.
Additionally, according to the report, in 2017 there were 242 fatal accidents, 322 incapacitating accidents, 765 non-incapacitating accidents, 968 possible injury accidents, and 5,879 accidents resulting in no injuries that involved drivers who had been drinking.
Contact a Drunk Driving Attorney Today
The aggressive legal team at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. are experienced in handling car accident cases involving intoxicated drivers. We understand that dealing with injuries and property damage caused by a drunk driver can be a long and challenging process. Victims may need to regularly visit the doctor and family may need to adjust their schedules to help the victim. Our skilled and professional attorneys believe that drunk drivers should be held accountable for the injuries and property damage they cause through their reckless actions. That is why our team of compassionate and knowledgeable West Palm Beach drunk driving car accident attorneys are here to help you. Please call (561) 689-8180 today if you are a victim of a drunk driver and want to learn more about how our firm can help you find the settlement and peace of mind you need.