Many people celebrate Labor Day by having a few drinks and a barbecue with friends and family. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with this, as long as anyone who drinks doesn’t drive. Unfortunately, this is a mistake that many people make, and oftentimes, this mistake leads to very serious accidents and injuries. If you’ve been injured in a drunk driving accident, you should read on and reach out to our experienced Florida personal injury lawyers to learn more about drunk driving accidents and how we can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What should I do if I am involved in a drunk driving accident?
If a drunk driver crashes into you, the first thing you should do is call the police. Calling the police can help deescalate any tension, ensure your safety, dispatch an ambulance to the scene, and document the facts of the incident by filing a police report and, most likely requiring the individual to take a breathalyzer test. You should also do everything in your power to document the incident. This can include taking pictures of the accident and your injuries, asking witnesses for their contact information so they can corroborate your claim at a later date, and hiring an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer who can fight for the compensation you deserve if you’ve been injured at the hands of a drunk driver.
To learn more about what you should do after being hit by a drunk driver in Florida, simply watch the video below.
What is the dram shop law in Florida?
Florida does have a dram shop law in place. This law essentially states that all those who’ve been injured by drunk drivers have a right to sue the establishment that served the drunk driver under certain circumstances. For example, if you can prove that the establishment served an individual who was either under the age of 21 or is “habitually addicted” to alcohol, and that person later caused your accident, you may file a third-party lawsuit against the establishment, as well as a standard personal injury claim against the driver.
Contact our experienced Orlando firm
Our firm understands the repercussions of a serious accident. If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you should not have to fight the uphill battle for financial compensation on your own. When you hire one of our attorneys, you are hiring a devoted, caring, and aggressive attorney who will tenaciously fight for your rights. If you or someone you know was injured in an accident and wishes to schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact Attorney Schmitt of the Florida Personal Injury Law Team today.