Dedicated DUI Injury Attorney Representing Clients in Orlando
In the year 2011, drivers in the state of Florida piled up 33,625 convictions for driving under the influence. More than 10,000 people died in impaired driving accidents in the United States that year, and every year, thousands more are injured in impaired car or motorcycle accidents. Driving under the influence – DUI – is not a victimless crime. The effects of drunk driving can be catastrophic. If you have sustained a personal injury in a traffic accident and the other driver was drinking while driving, Florida’s DUI laws and personal injury laws entitle you to reimbursement for all of your ongoing and future medical treatment, lost wages, and all other injury-related expenses. Discuss your rights and options as a victim at once with experienced Orlando DUI injury lawyer Robert J. Horst. Attorney Robert J. Horst has years of experience providing legal advice and aggressive representation to DUI victims in Orlando, Florida.
ATTORNEYS CAN ASSIST VICTIMS IN CASES INVOLVING THE FLORIDA DRAM SHOP ACT
DUI laws vary by state, however Florida is one state that has enacted dram shop laws. Under this law, bars and any other commercial establishments that serve alcohol can be held liable for any injuries caused by certain intoxicated customers. If an establishment knowingly serves a minor alcohol, the establishment can be held liable for injuries caused by the minor. The establishment can also be held liable for any injuries if they knowingly serve alcohol to a person who is addicted to alcohol. Bars and other establishments do not have a legal obligation to stop serving customers when they appear intoxicated. Therefore, if you are injured by a drunk driver, you cannot place blame on the bar who served the driver unless they knowingly served a minor or alcohol addict.
The dram shop act in Florida does not apply to hosts of private gatherings. For example, if a minor or alcohol addict was served alcohol at a party with friends, the host of that party cannot be held liable if the minor or alcohol addict gets into a car accident and injures someone. The host could face criminal charges for serving alcohol to a minor if it can be proven he knew the driver was underage, however you cannot pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the host.
TOP LAW FIRMS IN ORANGE COUNTY CAN FIGHT FOR THE COMPENSATION DUI VICTIMS DESERVE
If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, you could be entitled to compensation. The exact amount and types of compensation you qualify for will depend on the details of your case. Some of the types of compensation you could receive include:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and estimated future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
In some cases, DUI injury victims may also be entitled to punitive damages. This type of compensation is only awarded when in cases where the defendant has acted so recklessly or negligently that the court wants to punish him and deter others from behaving in the same manner.
HOW A LAWYER PROVES LIABILITY IN DUI INJURY CASES
In order to recover compensation for your injuries, you will need to work with an experienced lawyer who can help you prove the drunk driver was negligent. To prove this, a lawyer must show:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care to drive safely
- This duty of care was breached when the defendant decided to drive a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol
- The defendant’s decision to drive while intoxicated led to your injuries
- You suffered injuries and/or property damage as a result of the defendant’s intoxication
WHY SHOULD DUI INJURY VICTIMS WORK WITH ORLANDO LAWYERS?
Injuries caused by a DUI can disrupt the life of the victim and be devastating to his or her family. Even if the impaired driver is arrested and faces trial as a result of his choices, justice is not served until you receive the compensation you deserve. The Horst Law Firm helps the victims of drinking and driving hold drunk drivers accountable for their actions and helps victims to recover compensation for their losses. If you are injured in an accident, it’s best to call a top Orange County attorney about your case that day. Experienced lawyer Robert J. Horst is based in Orlando and can investigate the accident, compile evidence, question witnesses, and negotiate a fair and just settlement with the impaired driver’s insurance company. If an appropriate settlement is not offered, attorney Robert J. Horst will explain what happened to a jury of your peers and ask that jury for the compensation and justice you deserve. If the defendant in your personal injury claim has pleaded or been found guilty of DUI charges in a Florida criminal court, that drunk driving conviction can be offered as evidence on your behalf. Don’t waste any time–contact the injury lawyers at The Horst Law Firm today to find out more about our legal services.
HORST LAW FIRM WILL FIGHT FOR JUSTICE FOR DUI INJURY VICTIMS
When you need an experienced and professional Orlando personal injury attorney to help you resolve a serious and complex legal issue, you’ll also want an attorney who provides sound advice tailored to your specific legal problems and needs. Attorney Robert J. Horst represents DUI injury victims who are seeking justice in the Orlando area, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, and throughout central Florida. He also has experience representing victims in personal injury cases involving car accidents, slip and fall accidents, brain injuries, motorcycle accidents, product liability, and spinal cord injuries. Please contact experienced attorney Robert J. Horst by phone at (407) 601-3999, or message us by filling out the form on our website to schedule a free consultation. If you have been injured by an intoxicated driver in the Orlando area, there’s no time to waste. Don’t wait any longer to make the call.