Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
If you were injured or a loved was killed by someone who was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you are legally entitled to compensation for your losses. Your family deserves justice, and the public deserves a better measure of safety on our roadways.
Each year, on average, 25,000 Americans are killed, and over 700,000 are injured in drug or alcohol-related car accidents. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year 111 million adults still admit to recently driving while under the influence.
Glover Law Firm can help you recover funds to pay for your losses so that the irresponsible driver is held accountable. Contact us today at (352) 205-4495 to schedule a free, confidential consultation with a compassionate attorney.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Being involved in a motor vehicle accident is traumatic. Recovering from injuries or the death of a loved one on top of that trauma is more than enough for a person to handle. The additional stress that occurs when medical bills begin piling up and you are unable to drive your damaged vehicle may be overwhelming, especially if you are unable to work and don’t have money coming in. You need help to recover damages from the person responsible for your accident so that you can focus on your healing.
A skilled attorney will be able to deal with various groups, such as law enforcement agencies, medical personnel, insurance adjusters, and other lawyers to help you navigate the complex legal system. You are not alone. An experienced attorney can take on the insurance companies and teams of lawyers on your behalf with a better chance of successful resolution than you would have on your own.
Because seeking justice can get complicated, an attorney can sort through all of the details of the case, recreate the accident if necessary, gather evidence and witness statements, and determine the extent of your damages.
The attorneys at Glover Law Firm can help you with all of the details and will file all the necessary paperwork correctly and on time as you face deadlines. A level-headed attorney will also be able to negotiate and communicate with insurance company lawyers and others so that you don’t have to during this difficult time. You are not alone. With an experienced attorney on your side, you’ll be able to focus solely on your recovery, and have a better chance of recovering the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Glover Law Firm?
Glover Law Firm understands the pain and suffering you must be feeling after a traumatic car accident. Our attorney will make this process go as smoothly as possible for you, explaining everything each step of the way, with your peace and comfort in mind.
We have received numerous prestigious awards, such as Top-Rated Personal Injury Lawyer for our dedication and success in litigating cases. Our founder, Gordon Glover, holds an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating as determined by other attorneys and the judiciary, as well as a “Superb 10/10” rating on Avvo. He has also been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers, an honor held by less than 2.5 percent of Florida lawyers, reflecting his experience and commitment to his clients.
Glover Law Firm is dedicated to recovering every dollar that you deserve. Attorney Glover is a tough negotiator who will represent your interests against insurance lawyers for the settlement you deserve, and if negotiations break down and you’re not satisfied with the other side’s offer, he will argue the case in court. Our firm has built its reputation on successfully resolving cases and winning the best possible settlements for clients.
If the drunk or drugged driver who injured you did not have insurance, we’ll look for other coverage to pay for your damages, including your own auto insurance underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage. A civil lawsuit against the other driver may be the only way to ensure you are fully compensated for expenses and your pain and suffering.
Our staff gets results for our clients and our entire community benefits from holding drug- or alcohol-impaired drivers accountable for the pain and devastation their actions cause. Our consultations are always confidential, so if you are unsure whether you are entitled to compensation, call us for a free case evaluation.
Types of Cases We Handle
Impaired driving is not limited to drunk driving. In the state of Florida, you can be charged with a DUI for driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, or chemical substances. While it’s easy to think of illicit drugs — such as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin — as being able to affect a driver’s ability and result in a DUI, some prescription drugs can be just as dangerous, causing drowsiness, blurred vision, nervousness, and difficulty concentrating.
Though there is an established blood alcohol content legal limit of .08 percent for drunk driving, no such test exists for drugged driving. As a result, a skilled attorney can often effectively challenge a DUI drug case, using expert testimony to counter the prosecution’s case against you. Aggressive legal representation can be the difference between a conviction and a dismissal.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve listed a few of the most commonly asked questions that we receive about DUI cases here. For specifics on your situation, contact Glover Law Firm to speak to a DUI lawyer today.
What compensation am I entitled to?
Damages may include past and future medical bills, lost wages and future lost wages, automobile and property replacement or repair costs, and damages for pain and suffering. You might be entitled to punitive damages if there was willful or malicious negligence involved. Punitive damages are meant to punish the driver as well as to deter future drug- or alcohol-related driving accidents.
If a drunk or drugged driver was responsible for a loved one’s death, then the family or other personal representative is entitled to file a wrongful death claim. Survivors could recover the loss of wages and future projected income, as well as funeral and burial costs, medical expenses, and possibly punitive damages.
What if I was partially at fault?
Florida’s comparative negligence laws allow you to collect in direct proportion to the impaired driver’s responsibility. For example, if the drugged or drunk driver is found to be 80 percent at fault, and you are found to be 20 percent responsible for the accident, then your award will be reduced by your percentage of responsibility. Instead of receiving the full amount of a $100,000 award, your amount would be reduced by 20 percent, and you would receive $80,000.
The circumstances of each case are unique, so having a trained lawyer on your side will help ensure that insurance adjusters don’t talk you into a settlement before you even know the extent of your injuries. If you think you were partly to blame for the accident, be sure to call a lawyer before you settle with an insurance company.
Will the impaired driver go to jail?
A monetary settlement doesn’t diminish the emotional pain caused by severe injuries, the inability to work, or the death of a loved one. You may want to see the drugged or drunk driver face criminal charges.
In every state, it is illegal to operate a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content level of 0.08 percent or more. Drivers who are visibly impaired and fail to pass a field sobriety test may be arrested, regardless of their BAC level. Florida has a no-tolerance policy for underage drivers who are under the influence, so they will be automatically be arrested if they are visibly impaired, while drivers with commercial licenses can be arrested for a lower BAC level.
If the at-fault driver has been criminally convicted for driving under the influence, it will be easier to win a civil lawsuit against them. Those convicted will face fines, penalties, possible jail time, and/or probation. However, it is important to note that civil claims and criminal cases are totally separate. If you want to recover compensation, you will have to file a civil claim. Similarly, even if the driver is found not guilty, you may still be able to prevail in civil court, as the burden of proof is much lower in civil court.
Florida Drunk Driving Statistics
Although drug-related car accidents are common, alcohol-related crashes are more so. The CDC put together some very sobering facts about drunk driving in Florida:
- Drunk drivers killed 697 people in Florida in 2012.
- Nearly one-third of the state’s traffic deaths in 2010 were alcohol-related.
- Most DUI-related fatalities occur on a Friday or Saturday between 3-5 a.m.
- Ten percent of motorists on the road between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. are driving while impaired.
- Two percent of Florida adults report driving after drinking too much in the past 30 days (0.2 percent higher than the national average).
- There were 3.7 per 100,000 persons killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in 2012, also higher than the national average.
- Most of the drunk-driving fatalities were female.
- Both statewide and nationally, the highest deaths due to alcohol-related accidents were in people between the ages of 21 and 34.
- As of 2012, Florida had a total of 112,076 three-time DUI offenders on record and 11,681 five-time offenders.
When a drunk or drugged driver gets behind the wheel, they are senselessly putting themselves and everyone around them in danger.
Contact Glover Law Firm Today
At Glover Law Firm, we believe that you should not bear the consequences for someone else’s dangerous and reckless behavior. Our devoted attorneys will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve for the pain and loss you have suffered. We will hold drunk and drugged drivers responsible for their actions.
Our lawyers are passionate about seeking justice for our neighbors and clients in Ocala and The Villages. If you were hurt or lost a loved in a devastating car accident caused by someone who was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, we can help you. Call Glover Law Firm at (352) 205-4495 or contact us online today to schedule a free case evaluation and get the justice you deserve.