Unfortunately, sustaining injuries as a result of an impaired driver is all too common today. People who make the decision to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or consuming illegal drugs pose a huge risk to other drivers on the road, and these types of crashes can leave their victims with serious and catastrophic injuries.
According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, 30% of all traffic fatalities happened in crashes in which at least one driver or non-occupant, like a pedestrian or bicyclist, had a blood alcohol content, (BAC), level of 0.8% or higher, which is the legal limit. More than 20,000 people lose their lives every year because they were struck by a drunk driver, and more than 300,000 are left with serious injuries. That means a traffic fatality caused by someone driving drunk happens about once every 33 minutes.
The truly sad statistic is that drunk drivers who are fatally injured are 6 times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
As personal injury attorneys who represent victims of intoxicated drivers, the Goldberg Noone Abraham Law Firm knows the trauma and devastation these types of crashes can bring, and how victims are affected not only physically, but also emotionally and financially. If a person is killed in a drunk driver crash, their remaining family members and loved ones will experience a heightened level of grief because the crash would have been prevented had the at-fault driver not decided to drive drunk.
“Victims of drunk driving crashes experience increased anguish and anger because these types of crashes wouldn't occur had someone not made such a selfish and reckless decision,” says GNA Partner and trial attorney Sheba Abraham. “We pursue fair compensation for the injuries our clients suffered, but we do not stop there. We take the battle to the next level and fight to obtain punitive damages, because it is important to hold the drunk driver accountable as well.”
How You Can Get Help
With over two decades fighting for justice on behalf of those victimized by a drunk driver, our firm knows the hurdles and struggles you will be facing. We know that the insurance company of the impaired driver will likely claim their insured was not liable for the crash, and do everything they can to either deny your claim altogether, or pay you an amount that in no way comes close to fairly compensating you for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, rehabilitation care and more.
Our experience in these types of cases has given us a deep understanding of just how to prepare your case, and how to stand up to the giant insurance companies and their attorneys in fighting for fair financial compensation for your injuries, or for the loss of a family member. They know we prepare for every case with diligence, perseverance, and tenacity – we don't back down, and we are always fully prepared to take your case into the courtroom to get you what you are legally entitled.
Florida also has a Victim Compensation Fund designed to help those who have been victimized by an intoxicated driver. You may be eligible to receive assistance through this program if the driver that hit you is convicted of a crime. The program assists victims with economic losses incurred, including:
- Funeral/Burial costs
- Loss of Support
- Medical costs
- Mental Health & Grief Counseling
Don't Wait to Contact Goldberg Noone Abraham
As in any motor vehicle crash that results in injuries, the very first thing you should do is seek immediate medical care. Nothing is more important than receiving competent care for your injuries right away, and documenting everything you do in your efforts to recover.
Following that, injured victims or relatives of a deceased victim should speak with an experienced and skilled wrongful death and personal injury injury attorney with a thorough understanding of how to fight for justice in these types of cases. It never costs a thing to speak directly to one of our drunk driver victim attorneys to get the answers to all the questions you'll have. Consultations with us will bring some clarity and focus to a traumatic situation, and give you the knowledge you'll need to begin to put your life back together.
Speak with us anytime at 239-461-5508, or fill out this simple form and we'll contact you immediately.
Drunk driving is a critical problem in this country, and you should get help if you find yourself victimized by the negligent actions of a drunk driver.
You can learn more about Florida's Bureau of Victim Compensation at https://VANext.MyFloridaLegal.com
The Southwest Florida Mothers Against Drunk Driving also offers a victim assistance program, which you can learn more about here.