Drunk Driver | DUI Crash Accidents

J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo
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In the United States, a drunk driver kills another person every 40 minutes or causes an injury every 1 minute.  Nearly 15,000 deaths or over 500,000 injuries occur every year because of a drunk driver.  Florida almost leads the nation with the third highest rate of alcohol related deaths.  Every year, 1 in 139 licensed drivers will be arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  Before a first time drunk driver is arrested, he would have already driven drunk an average of 87 times.  Over 30% of all fatal crash accidents are caused by driving while intoxicated (DWI).  Nearly 60% of all drunk driver accidents occur over the weekend.  These statistics are despite strong national campaigns to stop drunk driving.  Imagine how much grimmer the statistics would be if we did not have organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD) and other similar organizations and government paid campaigns.

Drunk driving is a very serious matter.  Countless victims suffer catastrophic injuries and wrongful death on a daily basis due to negligent individuals that choose to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  Even driving under the influence of over the counter drugs or prescription drugs has its consequences.     

Accidents involving drunk driving or DUI are more complicated than your typical motor vehicle crash accident.  Choosing a law firm to represent you on your injury claim or the family of a wrongful death victim is a very important decision.  An experienced personal injury law firm knows that evidence gathering and preservation thereof is essential to building a strong case.

Another area of law that is associated with drunk driving accidents is known as "dram shop" liability.  Dram shop liability is an area of law which holds liquor stores, bars and other establishments that sell alcoholic drinks legally liable for injuries or deaths sustained by other persons because of their negligent acts.  Negligent acts may include irresponsibly selling or serving alcoholic drinks to a visibly intoxicated person or even to minors.

We also represent joggers, pedestrians and bicyclists that have been struck by a drunk driver and the loved ones of a wrongful death victim.

Common injuries sustained in drunk driving or DUI accidents include:

  • Amputations
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Arm Injuries
  • Back Injuries
  • Brain Injuries
  • Bruising
  • Burns
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Chest Injuries
  • Concussion
  • Disfigurement
  • Facial and Body Scarring
  • Fractured Bones
  • Head Injuries
  • Knee Damage
  • Leg Injuries
  • Loss of Hearing
  • Loss of Limbs
  • Loss of Vision
  • Multiple Fractures
  • Neck Injuries
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Paralysis
  • Paraplegia
  • Permanent Disability
  • Quadriplegia
  • Shoulder Sprain
  • Skull Fracture
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Whiplash
  • Wrist Injuries
  • Wrongful Death

Common evidence gathered from drunk driving or DUI accidents include:

  • Police car video of the accident scene
  • Emergency 911tape recording
  • Drunk driver criminal file
  • Breathalyzer and field sobriety test results
  • Witness statements
  • Accident investigation reports
  • Other pertinent evidence

Common "dram shop liability" establishments include:

  • Liquor Bar Liability
  • Liquor Store Liability
  • Tavern Liability
  • Bar Liability
  • Restaurant Bar Liability
  • Nightclub Liquor Bar Liability
  • Underage Drinking Liability
  • Homeowner Liability
  • Bartender Liability
  • Party Giver Liability
  • Social Host Liability
  • Event Liability

You can reach Miami Personal Injury Lawyer J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo by dialing his direct number at (786) 272-5841, calling the main office at (305) 461-1095, or Toll Free at 1 (866) 71-CLAIM or email Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo directly at [email protected].

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