There’s Nothing Accidental About a DUI Accident
At Barrett, Fasig & Brooks, we know there is no such thing as a drunk driving accident. If you have been injured, or if a loved one has been killed, by an impaired driver, it wasn’t an accident. It was a deliberate, thoughtless, act by an irresponsible driver who got behind the wheel of a car or truck or motorcycle after drinking or doing drugs. It wasn’t an accident. It was avoidable. It didn’t have to happen.
But it did- and now you are left picking up the pieces from that single, selfish act. The personal injury attorneys at Barrett, Fasig & Brooks have seen the aftermath of too many drunk and impaired driving collisions in Tallahassee. We know what you are feeling, and we know it’s hard. The emotions, especially of anger and helplessness, can be overwhelming. What happens next? What do you do? Where do you go from here?
The drunk driver was charged with a crime, but what about my medical expenses?
A drunk or impaired driver can face two types of legal actions, criminal and civil.
A lawsuit is a civil action, and is designed by the legal system to help victims of drunk or impaired driving collisions recover financial damages caused by the reckless driver, such as medical expenses and lost wages. The driver might be held financially responsible for the emotional and physical pain and suffering he or she caused the victim, or the victim’s family.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you can pursue a lawsuit for the injuries caused by their reckless and irresponsible actions. If found guilty, the drunk driver could be held financially responsible for paying for your medical expenses, as well as other actual damages. Additionally, a drunk driver might have to pay punitive damages, which are damages designed to punish wrongdoing as opposed to compensate the victim.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, the driver might not be the only party who can be held responsible. You may also be eligible for damages from the people or establishment who over-served a clearly intoxicated guest.
A wrongful death lawsuit is filed by the family of the victim when there is a fatality in a drunk or impaired driving crash, and similar financial relief for damages can be sought.
A drunk or impaired driver can also face criminal charges for driving under the influence. Those charges are brought by the State, and are the result of the drunk or impaired driver breaking the law. A drunk or impaired driver can be charged with a crime regardless of whether anyone was injured in the “accident.”
At Barrett, Fasig & Brooks, our attorneys are experienced in handling drunk driving and impaired driving lawsuits. Our investigators are ready to look into all the facts of your case, and help determine all the responsible parties.
Do you defend drunk drivers?
- At the Tallahassee law firm of Barrett, Fasig & Brooks, our personal injury attorneys only represent people who have been injured, or families whose loved one has been killed, by a drunk driver. We do not prosecute criminal charges (that’s a different part of our legal system) and we do not defend drunk drivers in lawsuits. We fight for justice for you and your loved ones. We will work hard to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
You can call us anytime at (850) 224-3310. Day or Night, Weekday or Weekend. We’re available on every holiday, too- we never take time off from fighting for our clients. When you call us, you’ll always speak with one of our experienced attorneys.
We know you’re hurting. We know this can be confusing. We’re going to help walk you through the process, and we’re going to be with you every step of the way.