The other driver will be facing criminal and civil charges if they caused damage or injury to you. Calling a professional attorney who specializes in drunk driving accident cases and is well versed in personal injury law is your best option. In 2017 there were 43,899 DUI violation tickets issued across the state and more than half, 24,334 of those resulted in DUI convictions. About 29 people die in car crashes involving alcohol-impaired driving every day in the United States and about a third of those traffic crash deaths revealed blood alcohol levels of .08 g/dL or higher for drivers.
Post-Accident Actions. If you are in an accident with someone you believe to be DUI in Boca Raton FL, you should:
- Check on the condition of the people involved in the car accident;
- Call the police and get a written report;
- Call emergency responders if needed;
- Remain at the accident scene, take pictures of scene and vehicle damages;
- Try to note driver license tag information if possible;
- Get witness contact information – this will be very important because the other driver left scene;
- Call your insurance company to set up a claim;
- Seek out medical treatment if necessary;
- Call an accident attorney to determine “fault” and actions to address damages and injuries sustained.
A person is guilty of a DUI when driving is affected to the extent that physical faculties are impaired, and Florida Statute 316.193 addresses the laws against DUI in Florida, and outlines penalties if the impaired driver has a blood alcohol level of .08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or a breath-alcohol of .08 or more grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.
If a criminal conviction is achieved by the State, penalties could include fines, prison time, ignition interlock devices, and the loss of driver’s license.
Damage to property or person of another is considered a misdemeanor of the first degree; Serious bodily injury to another is considered a felony of the third degree;
Hit and run could yield very serious penalties in accordance with Florida Statute @ 316.062.
The penalties involved in a DUI case where the driver leaves the scene after causing damage and personal injury are severe, and will be hashed out in a court of law. After the criminal proceedings, the injured parties can also pursue civil claims when necessary against the driver. Determining fault is a matter for those who have reviewed police reports, witness reports, car damages, roadway marks and other factors present at the time of the accident. Compensation for any loss sustained because of the car accident, due to partial or full negligence of another party, is in your reach to assist in payment of the significant medical expenses, loss of wages, or other life-altering events that can negatively affect your livelihood, as well as wrongful death claims not covered by insurance companies. A hit and run caused by a DUI driver necessitates hiring a lawyer who will fight for your rights at the Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Rosenberg who specializes in drunk driving accidents.
Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Rosenberg
5255 North Federal Highway 3rd Floor
Boca Raton, FL 33487
Phone: (561) 508-8800