Fort Lauderdale, Florida Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
While being involved in any vehicle accident can be frustrating at the least, being the victim of a drunk driving accident is perhaps the most disheartening because everyone knows that it could have been avoided. There is no excuse for any driver to operate a vehicle if he or she is unlawfully intoxicated. Such a driver's actions put the lives of everyone who crosses that driver's path at risk. If you have been the unfortunate victim of a drunk driving accident, our lawyers at Attorneys Jo Ann Hoffman and Associates, P.A. want to protect your legal rights and help you in any way that we can. We have over 70 years of combined experience in providing competent and compassionate legal representation to people in Fort Lauderdale, Florida who have been injured in a drunk driving accident. Even if you are not a resident of Fort Lauderdale, it does not matter. We represent people injured in drunk driving accidents in the State of Florida, regardless of where they live or move. In those extremely sad situations where a close relative has been killed by a drunk driver, our lawyers at Attorneys Jo Ann Hoffman and Associates, P.A. are also experienced in representing you, on behalf of your deceased loved one, in a wrongful death case.
Approximately 180,000 people live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the largest city in Broward County. With so many drivers on the road, numerous vehicle accidents occur every day in Fort Lauderdale. Unfortunately, some of those accidents are caused by drunk drivers. The current legal Blood Alcohol Concentration ("BAC") limit in Florida is 0.08%. According to the most recent statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008 there were 808 people in the State of Florida who died as a result of a vehicle accident where at least one driver had a BAC above the legal limit. Sadly, that number does not include the 165 people who were killed in vehicle accidents where at least one driver had been drinking, although his or her BAC did not exceed the legal limit.
If you have been the victim of a drunk driving accident, please call our lawyers at Attorneys Jo Ann Hoffman and Associates, P.A. as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights and options. Drunk driving accidents are different from vehicle accidents where no alcohol was involved. For instance, if the driver that hit you was intoxicated, this factor may increase the value of your vehicle accident claim above the amount you might expect to receive in a vehicle accident claim where the other driver was sober. Additionally, the other driver may have become intoxicated by consuming alcohol provided by a bar or restaurant. Depending on the specific facts of the case, the bar or restaurant may also be liable for the vehicle accident because they provided alcohol to someone when they should not have, such as an underage drinker. These situations are commonly referred to as "dram shop" cases. Drunk driving accidents may also raise certain issues with the intoxicated driver's own automobile insurance company. An experienced Fort Lauderdale, Florida drunk driving accident lawyer may be essential to assisting you deal with the insurance companies and to achieving a satisfactory resolution to your injury claim.
If you have been involved in a drunk driving accident, or if you are simply interested in learning more about drunk driving accidents, you may wish to check out the following resources:
- Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID)
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
- Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
Additionally, following are some useful state and local resources:
If you recently have been injured in a drunk driving accident in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area, call Attorneys Jo Ann Hoffman and Associates, P.A. today, at (954) 772-2644. We make it our goal to answer your questions promptly. Do you think you have a case? If so, please complete our CONTACT US form and email it to our office. Please remember that we accept all of our cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we never charge you any fees or costs unless we recover monies from the defendants or their insurance companies. Additionally, our consultations are always free. We await your call and look forward to representing you.
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