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Florida’s dram shop law, F.S. 768.125, allows victims of drunk drivers to seek redress from the bar, restaurant or other establishment that negligently served alcohol to that driver. The only way service of alcohol can be negligent in Florida is if it involves a minor under 21 or if the recipient was known to be habitually addicted to alcohol. beerhand

But it’s worth pointing out that not all plaintiffs in these cases are entirely sympathetic. In fact, there have been successful DUI injury lawsuits in which the drunk driver was the one suing.

This is not to say the driver is not negligent. But comparative fault in a Florida injury case is not enough to prohibit litigation. That means a person could be partially – or even mostly – to blame for their own injuries and still recover a percentage of damages.  Continue reading

As you plan your Super Bowl party this weekend, think about the steps you need to take to prevent friends and family from driving drunk afterwards.

Not only is it the right thing to do, but playing it safe could keep you from being financially responsible for a guest’s drunk driving accident.mjvnfOe

Our auto accident attorney in West Palm understands what it takes to obtain compensation for victims who have been seriously injured or killed by a drunk driver.

The holiday season is all about friends and family and  getting together with the ones that we love.  Unfortunately, it’s also a time when more impaired motorists are on Florida roads.  And that’s why officials with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are joining forces for the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.  Pushing through January 1st, officials in the state of Florida will be focusing on the hunt for intoxicated drivers.

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“The Patrol does not tolerate impaired drivers on our roads and will be happy to be your new ‘bartenders’ if you drive while impaired,” said Col. David Brierton, director of the FHP.

Our Fort Lauderdale accident lawyers know there were more than 800 people who were killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents last year in the state of Florida.  Even having one drink before driving is not worth the risk.  You could wind up in a traffic accident, with serious injury, an arrest, or even death.

Most of us know how dangerous drunk driving is this time of year.  According to the National Safety Council (NSC), about 97 percent of Americans see it as a public threat.  At the same time, about 75 percent of Americans strongly endorse using stricter and more severe penalties against impaired drivers to protect themselves and their loved ones.

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If so many Americans are against drunk driving, then how come someone is killed in an alcohol-related every 30 minutes here in the U.S.?  Why is someone injured every 2 minutes.

Our West Palm Beach accident lawyers understand that there has been large gains in the fight to reduce the risk of drunk driving  since the 80s and 90s, but we still have a long way to go.  Currently, about 40 percent of motor-vehicle accident fatalities involve an intoxicated driver.  And to help bring focus to the issue, officials with both national and state organizations are rallying around a few different, and effective, strategies to target the most at-risk drivers.

Officials with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are teaming up with the National Football League (NFL) to make sure that everyone has a designated driver this football season.  Officials with MADD will be attending a number of NFL football games this fall and helping to spread the word.  They’ll be handing out information at MADD booths and will be circulating the tailgate parties in the parking lot to reiterate the importance of a designated non-drinking driver.

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With this partnership in recent years, officials with MADD have been able to raise their designated driver participation by close to 30 percent each and every year.

Our Cape Coral drunk driving accident attorneys understand that football game days are some of the heaviest days for alcohol consumption in the U.S.  Impaired drivers risk killing, disabling, disfiguring, and injuring themselves and others — sometimes their own friends and family.  Not only are you risking the safest of yourself and others out there along our roadways, but you’re also running the risk of jail time, losing your driver’s license and a host of fees and fines.

A recent fatal accident on Palmetto Park Road was allegedly caused, at least in part, by a driver who the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office reports was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

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According to Boca News Now, the 22-year-old driver in question was allegedly under the influence when the accident happened around 11:00 p.m.  The accident report indicates that the young driver was heading west on Palmetto Park Road when he sideswiped a car stopped for a red light, and then proceeded through the red-light intersection.  He went on to hit another vehicle before coming to rest after crashing into a tree.

Our Boca Raton car accident lawyers understand that people tend to drink the heaviest in their late teens and early to mid-twenties.   These twenty-somethings are also more likely to binge drink and to drink heavily, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.  Such risky drinking oftentimes results in tragic consequences — most notably alcohol-related traffic deaths.  As a matter of fact, close to a third of drivers between 16 and 20 who were killed in traffic accidents in 2003 had a measurable amount of alcohol in their blood.  Likewise, more than half of drivers between 21 and 24 who were killed in these tragic accidents tested positive for alcohol.

Officials throughout the state of Florida will be on the hunt for underage drinkers through the entire month of March as safety advocates brace for the onslaught of spring break revelry, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).

If you’re over the age of 21, you’re not off the hook either. Law enforcement agencies are going to be looking for of-age residents who are selling to or buying for minors. They will also be looking for drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The truth of the matter is that alcohol and drugs can ruin the party and can change lives forever.

Our Fort Lauderdale accident lawyers understand that spring break is a time to let loose, to party, and for many, to booze it up. Unfortunately, this is also a time when we see a significant increase in the number of drunk driving car accidents and alcohol-related crimes and injuries. We’re asking all Floridians and out-of-town guests to party responsibly.

As our Boca Raton accident attorneys recently reported, the holiday seasons sees a large number of alcohol-related accidents — especially drunk driving crashes. In the state of Florida, we have laws in place to help to reduce these risks. What these laws do is help to impose liability to individuals or companies that serve to those who are already too intoxicated or to those who are not of age.

If a driver who is under the age of 21 gets into a car accident, it may be the person who provided the alcohol to the underage individual who can be held responsible for damages. This includes both situations at public establishments as well as at private holiday parties.

Each year, there are roughly 1,300 people who are killed in alcohol-related car accidents in the state of Florida. Most of these accidents involve a driver who is over the legal limit of a .08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC).

Officials with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and many local law enforcement agencies throughout the state are beefing up their patrols to help to stop drunk driving accidents throughout the remainder of the holiday season, including New Year’s Eve.

“We plan on having patrols who are specifically tasked with apprehending drivers who are under the influence,” said Lt. James Harris with the FHP.

Our Boca Raton injury attorneys understand that December is one of the most dangerous months of the year for these kinds of accidents. With the holiday season, there are plenty of opportunities to hang out with friends and celebrate. Unfortunately, too many of these celebrations involve too much alcohol and not enough responsible drivers.

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