Legal Counsel for Those Injured in Drunk Driving Accidents in Naples
Holding Drunk Drivers Responsible for Their Negligence
Drunk drivers are unable to operate their vehicles safely. When they get behind the wheel, they can cause accidents resulting in serious or catastrophic injuries or death. Because of their negligence, these individuals may be held financially responsible for expenses and losses they cause others. Still, although the other person might have been impaired while driving, the injured party must prove fault. The case might seem straightforward to the victim, but they might soon find that recovering compensation isn’t easy. A lot is required for developing arguments, and injured parties often face pushback when dealing with insurance companies.
At Pittman Law Firm, P.L., we recognize the importance of getting just financial recovery following a drunk driving accident in Naples. That is why our team combines our knowledge, experience, and skills to craft unique and compelling legal strategies for our clients. When you turn to us, you can expect to receive personalized and compassionate representation from an attorney who genuinely cares about you and your case.
Get started with a free, no-obligation consultation by contacting a Naples drunk driving accident lawyer at (239) 603-6913.
In Florida, it is illegal to drive or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. This means that anyone whose normal faculties are impaired by alcohol or who has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher can be arrested for drunk driving.
Drivers who fail to comply with state laws may face severe criminal charges and fines. Not only that, if they cause a crash resulting in injury or death, the victim can also pursue legal action against them to recover compensation for damages arising from the accident.
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Although a person might be criminally charged for drunk driving, that does not mean they are automatically found responsible for damages the victim suffered. If you were harmed in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you must bring a claim against the individual to seek financial recovery.
As part of your claim, you must show that the other driver’s negligence was the cause of the collision. However, proving negligence in a drunk driving case can be difficult.
It requires demonstrating that:
- The other driver owed a duty of care. They were operating a vehicle on the road and expected to drive safely to avoid causing harm to others.
- The other driver breached their duty. They drove their car while they were under the influence and their normal faculties were impaired, preventing the safe operation of the vehicle.
- The breach was the proximate cause of the accident. The collision most likely occurred because of the other driver’s intoxication. The crash may have been avoided if the individual had not been drunk while driving.
- The accident resulted in damages. The victim was injured, which caused them to suffer expenses and losses, such as hospital bills, lost wages, and pain/suffering.
Acquiring sufficient evidence, including witness testimony and BAC level readings, is essential for building a case against the at-fault driver. A drunk driving accident attorney in Naples can play a significant role in helping gather materials to support the claims.
Avenues for Pursuing Compensation
If you were injured by a drunk driver, you have a couple of options for seeking financial recovery. First, you can file a claim with the individual’s insurance company. You, with the help of your personal injury attorney, may have to negotiate with a representative to pursue a just settlement. Unfortunately, these companies are in the business of protecting their bottom lines, which means talks might not go as smoothly as you hope.
You might have to go to court if you cannot resolve your case with the insurance company. At trial, your Naples drunk driving accident lawyer will present arguments before a judge or jury. Ultimately, the judge or jury will decide whether you should be awarded compensation and in what amount.
Pursuing compensation after a drunk driving accident can be complicated. Gathering and analyzing evidence, developing a legal strategy, and presenting arguments take time, effort, and an understanding of administrative and legal processes. When recovering from injuries, taking care of everything required in your case can be difficult. Fortunately, a personal injury lawyer can handle the details for you.
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