West Palm Beach, Florida Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Being hit by a drunk driver is probably one of the worst types of accidents to be in because it easily could have been avoided if the other driver had not gotten behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Even worse is when a loved one dies from being hit by a drunk driver. At Attorneys Jo Ann Hoffman and Associates, P.A., we understand that personal injuries often not only affect the person hurt, but also that person’s family and friends who must help the victim deal with both the physical and emotional trauma of a personal injury. We want to protect your legal rights and help you and your loved ones in any way that we can. Our West Palm Beach, Florida office is located at Okeechobee Boulevard and Interstate 95, near City Place. You don’t have to live in West Palm Beach for us to help you. Attorneys Jo Ann Hoffman and Associates, P.A. help people hurt by drunk drivers anywhere in the State of Florida, even if the victim lives in another state or country. Where a loved one unfortunately has been killed by a drunk driver, we also help the surviving family members in wrongful death cases. Our knowledgeable lawyers at Attorneys Jo Ann Hoffman and Associates, P.A. have over 70 years of combined experience helping victims of drunk driving, including hit and run injury claims and wrongful death claims.
In Florida, the Blood Alcohol Concentration (“BAC”) limit is 0.08%. According to the latest Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles numbers, there were 1,004 drunk driving related deaths in 2009 throughout the State of Florida. Sixteen (16) of those deaths occurred in West Palm Beach, the largest city in Palm Beach County, with over 100,000 residents.
The concern over drunk driving has led to the creation of different national organizations whose main goal is to educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving and to unite against it, such as:
- Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID)
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
- Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
Legally speaking, drunk driving accidents are very different from accidents where the other driver wasn’t drinking. Following are just a few examples of the differences between the two:
- If a drunk driver hits you, the value of your vehicle accident claim may be higher than the amount you would normally get in a car accident with a sober driver.
- Oftentimes, the other driver may have become drunk after drinking at a bar or restaurant. In these cases, the bar or restaurant may be partially responsible if they continued to give alcohol to a visibly drunk person, or if they gave alcohol to someone who should not have been drinking at all. This is particularly true in cases of underage drinkers who then get behind the wheel of a car.
- By driving while intoxicated, a drunk driver may negatively affect the amount of money payable under his or her own car insurance policy.
Because the above are only just a few of the differences involved with drunk driving accidents, it is very important that you have an experienced West Palm Beach drunk driving accident lawyer to help you in dealing with the insurance companies and in achieving a successful resolution to your personal injury claim.
If you or a family member have been the victim of a drunk driving accident in the West Palm Beach, Florida area, the following are some local law enforcement websites that can help you:
If you have been hit by a drunk driver and have questions about the accident, please call Attorneys Jo Ann Hoffman and Associates, P.A. in West Palm Beach, Florida at (561) 835-0655 today. We make it our goal to answer your questions quickly. If you think you have a case, you can fill out our online CONTACT US form and email it to our office. We accept all of our cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we never charge you any fees or costs unless we get monies from the defendants or their insurance companies. Also, our consultations are always free. We look forward to your call and to helping you.
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