Were you injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver in Destin, Florida? If so, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. When you choose Brannon & Brannon Personal Injury Attorneys, you’ll benefit from the experience and inside knowledge of a former insurance defense attorney.
Our Destin DUI accident lawyers have more than 60 years of collective experience to put behind your fight to recover the compensation you deserve. We aim to exceed our clients’ expectations, and we’ve done so time and again. We’ve recovered millions of dollars in financial awards in countless settlements and more than 75 jury trials.
How Our Destin Car Accident Lawyers Can Help If You’ve Been Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident
Hiring the right attorney after a traumatic DUI accident can make all the difference in getting the justice you deserve and your life back on track. Brannon & Brannon is proud to be a small firm that is committed to providing personal attention and exceptional client service in every case.
When you hire our Destin car accident lawyers, we will:
- Investigate your crash and collect all evidence to support your claim
- Carefully analyze accident reports, police reports, and medical records to help calculate the maximum compensation possible for you
- Handle all claims, communications, and negotiations with insurance companies
- Represent you in court if the insurance company refuses to offer you a fair settlement
We have decades of success in and out of the courtroom. We are always prepared to take a case to trial if the terms of the proposed settlement are not favorable to you. We offer completely free case evaluations, so call today to see how our Destin car accident attorneys can help.
How Common Are DUI Accidents?
In a span of less than four years (from 2018 through mid-December 2021), there were more than 4,091 car accidents in Florida involving drug impairment – that’s almost 3 crashes per day. Those resulted in an alarming 2,590 fatalities and another 3,268 injuries.
Multiple people involved in those crashes had drugs in their system. In that same timeframe, 6,094 instances of drugs were reported in crashes. For example, one crash can involve multiple types of drugs, and more than one driver could be tested for drugs.
Unfortunately, alcohol-related crashes are much more common. In 2020 alone in Florida, alcohol was a factor in 4,554 crashes and 384 traffic deaths. That’s more than 12 crashes and at least one death per day.
What is a DUI Accident?
A DUI accident doesn’t only refer to one that was caused by a drunk driver. It may involve controlled substances, over-the-counter medication, inhaled or ingested household products, or prescription drugs.
Someone could be considered to be driving under the influence in Florida if:
- Their normal faculties are impaired by alcohol, chemical substances, or controlled substances;
- Their blood-alcohol content is 0.08 or more grams per 100 milliliters of blood; or
- Their breath-alcohol content is 0.08 or more grams per 210 liters of breath.
Even someone who does not meet the 0.08 level of impairment can still cause a serious accident if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol (or both) to the point that they are unable to drive safely.
DUI Accidents Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries
Common injuries from DUI accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Damage to internal organs
- Crushing injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
We work closely with your medical providers and other experts to ensure that we understand the extent of medical care you will need now and in the future. Our goal is to make sure you do not bear the financial burden for someone else’s recklessness.
What Compensation Is Available for DUI Accidents?
If you sustain serious injuries in an accident caused by an impaired driver, it’s likely they will face criminal consequences. While that can provide you with some peace of mind, it doesn’t pay for your injuries.
In addition to the benefits that your Personal Injury Protection coverage may provide, you could seek compensation from the at-fault driver for:
- The full value of your medical treatment
- All of your lost wages (to cover missed work and loss of earning capacity in the future)
- Physical therapy
- Home medical equipment
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Property damage
- PTSD, anxiety, or depression
- Loss of consortium
The damages available in your case will be specific to the unique circumstances of your accident. We spend time with you to understand exactly how your life is affected so that we can calculate damages that fully compensate you for all of your losses.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Destin DUI Accident Lawyers
If someone caused you to get hurt because they chose to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they should be held accountable for turning your life upside down. We’ve been helping injured victims throughout Northwest Florida get justice and the compensation they need to help them move forward after a tragic accident since 1990.
Our Destin DUI accident attorneys are here to help when you need us. We also cover cases of distracted driving, we can provide a complete case evaluation at no charge to you. Call or contact us online today!