When car accidents are the product of pure misfortune and genuine mistakes, the injuries and tragedy experienced by victims and their families are still difficult to swallow.
When injuries are caused by the senseless and illegal acts of others, however, these experiences can be tremendously difficult. Such is the case when negligent drivers make the choice to drive under the influence of drugs of alcohol.
A careless and explicitly illegal act, drunk driving injures and kills thousands of Americans in car accidents each year. According to statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Pinellas County has seen upwards of 1,100 drunk driving accidents in each of the past five years. At Roman & Gaynor, we are here to help drunk driving accident victims seek justice.
Injured by a drunk driver? Call us for the help you need: (727) 877-1212.
Let Roman & Gaynor Help You Seek Justice After a DUI Accident
If you or your loved one has been injured in an auto accident or any other type of incident caused by a drunk or impaired driver, allow our Clearwater drunk driving accident lawyers to use our 60+ years of collective experience to fight on your behalf. Fully aware of your need to obtain justice and fair compensation, our attorneys work diligently to investigate all circumstances surrounding your accident.
Why should you hire the team at Roman & Gaynor?
- You won’t pay any legal fees unless we win your case
- We have recovered over $95 million for our clients
- We take calls 24/7 – we’re here for you when you need us
- We’ll start your case with a FREE, no-risk consultation
Civil Suits for Drunk Driving Injuries vs. Criminal Proceedings
According to data reported by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29 people in the U.S. die every day in drunk driving accidents. The consequences of this negligent behavior mean criminal charges for the drunk driver — even if someone has not been harmed in the accident.
However, when a careless drunk driver injures or kills an innocent victim, not only will they face jail time, they can be held accountable for their negligent actions through a civil suit.
In a civil lawsuit, an individual can hold another person liable for causing them harm or engaging in a wrongful act that leads to an injury and allows the person who was harmed to be compensated monetarily.
What Types of Damages Can I Recover?
In DUI cases, victims of a drunk driving accident can file a claim to recover damages for their injuries. If the case involves a victim who died in a DUI crash, certain family members may be eligible to recover damages as well. There are two types of damages (economic and non-economic) a drunk driving accident victim may be able to recover:
Economic damages are related to the financial losses associated with your injury from an accident and may include:
Injuries after an accident often come with mounting medical bills. The following may be included in your claim:
- Hospital bills
- Diagnostic tests
- Doctor visits
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Mobility aids (crutches, wheelchairs)
- Travel costs to doctors’ appointments
- Mental health treatments
- The cost of medical care in the future to maintain permanent injuries
When your injury has caused you to sustain an income loss, you may be entitled to be compensated for:
- Loss of job
- Future lost earnings
- Reduction of income
If your property is damaged or irreplaceable, you can seek compensation for:
- Repair costs to your vehicle
- Vehicle replacement cost
- Property damage/loss of personal items inside the vehicle
When injuries are severe, you may need assistance with household chores and maintenance, you would otherwise be able to do yourself such as:
- Cleaning services
- Outdoor maintenance
- Dependent family member care
Non-economic damages are related to “pain and suffering” after an accident. Victims may be entitled to compensation for mental pain, such as:
- Emotional anguish
- Stress and anxiety
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Civil suits relating to drunk driving accidents are complicated. It’s critical to discuss your case with an experienced attorney and learn your rights.
Maximizing Your Compensation with Punitive Damages
In certain civil cases, courts may award punitive damages to victims as a way of further punishing wrongdoers who commit egregious acts of negligence. These exemplary awards are designed to both punish wrongdoers and to deter others from committing such acts.
As punitive damages are permitted in DUI personal injury cases, our legal team works tirelessly to maximize your compensation by obtaining these awards. In order to accomplish this, it must be proven clearly and convincingly that the other driver either:
- Is guilty of intentional misconduct — they were aware of the wrongfulness of their conduct and the high probability that damages or injuries would result and, despite that knowledge, continued to pursue that action; or
- Acted with gross negligence — their conduct reflects a disregard to the safety of others.
Discuss Your Legal Needs with a Proven Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or your loved one has sustained damages as the result of an impaired driver, Roman & Gaynor is here to deliver the immediate support system and representation you need to overcome these difficult experiences. As we always respond promptly to the needs of local injured residents, we will contact you within 24 hours should you choose to schedule a free case evaluation.
Take preemptive measures to protect your right to compensation by contacting Roman & Gaynor today.