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Fort Lauderdale Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

A moment’s negligent action by a drunk driver can change your life in ways you would never expect. You may suddenly find yourself struggling with injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages. When this happens, having a Fort Lauderdale DUI accident lawyer who will stand up for you and get you the compensation you are legally entitled to can make all the difference.

At Englander Peebles, our attorneys have decades of combined experience in helping injured victims and their families in Fort Lauderdale get their rightful damages after a drunk driver turns their world upside down. If you are currently worrying about:

  • The total cost of your medical care and how to manage these expenses
  • Your income if you are forced to take time off work
  • What steps to take if the driver who caused the accident cannot pay or does not have insurance
  • The several months it might take to settle your claim
  • Insurance company disputing or minimizing your claim

Give us a call at 954-500-4878 or get in touch with our drunk driving injury attorney in Fort Lauderdale today. We offer a free consultation, and we work on a contingency fee basis: which means, we only get paid if you do.

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What are the DUI Laws in Fort Lauderdale, FL?

If someone is caught driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.8% or more in Fort Lauderdale, it is considered driving under the influence (DUI). If a person is found to be in control of a car (not even driving) while impaired, they can be charged with a DUI offense.

If the driver who caused the accident was arrested or received a ticket, your DUI crash lawyer from Englander Peebles will obtain those details from the police to strengthen your case.

Even if the driver was not charged at the scene, we can still pursue a personal injury claim for your injuries and losses. Driving over the legal alcohol limit means the driver was acting recklessly. Signs of being unfit to drive, like swerving or stopping randomly, can be enough for police to take action. Any breach of DUI laws supports your injury claim against a driver who was not fit to be behind the wheel.

If an inebriated driver hit you, which led to your injuries, you have the right to sue for damages. However, the burden of proof lies on you to establish the liability of the negligent party.

For families who have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, it is possible to claim damages under Florida’s wrongful death laws. An experienced car accident lawyer can help you get justice and maximum compensation, while holding the negligent driver accountable.

Dram Shop Laws in Fort Lauderdale

The Dram Shop law (Statute 768.125) says that someone else besides the person driving while intoxicated (DWI) might share some of the blame for a crash. If a business or an individual gives alcohol to someone younger than 21, whether they knew the person’s age or not, they could be found liable for any personal injury resulting from that accident. Similarly, if a business/person serves alcohol to someone known to struggle with alcohol misuse and that person then causes your accident, they could also be held accountable.

How Our Fort Lauderdale DWI Accident Attorney Can Help You?

With help from a dedicated Fort Lauderdale drunk driving accident lawyer, you can prove that the other driver acted negligently, and that negligence led to your injuries and losses.

Florida follows a modified comparative negligence system for personal injury cases, which means if you are found to be more than 50% responsible for causing your own injuries, you will not be eligible for any type of compensation. The other party’s insurance provider is likely to fight back in order to minimize the defendant’s fault and maximize yours.

At Englander Peebles, our drunk driving injury attorney in Fort Lauderdale leaves no stone unturned in building an ironclad case for our clients by collecting evidence such as:

  • Police report about the accident
  • Photographs and videos capturing the crash scene
  • Any footage of the event (from traffic cameras, dash cams, or surveillance cameras)
  • Witness statements
  • Test results for alcohol or drugs from the driver responsible, including Breathalyzer test report and Field Sobriety Test report
  • Accident reconstruction reports

If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a drunk driving accident, get in touch with our Fort Lauderdale DUI accident lawyer at 954-500-4878 or contact us online as soon as possible for a free case evaluation. The statute of limitations for these cases is only two years, so the faster we get started to establish evidence, the higher your negotiating leverage to achieve maximum settlement from the defendants will be.