Drunk driving accidents can have a devastating impact on the injured party and their families. Drunk drivers need to be accountable for endangering the lives of innocent people. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 10,874 people were killed in alcohol-impaired crashes in 2017. Alcohol-impaired crash fatalities accounted for 29% of all crash fatalities. The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates 1,017,808 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2016. The arrest rate works out to one arrest for about every 215 licensed drivers in the United States.
In Florida, you are considered a victim of a criminal act when you have been involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver. You may be entitled to compensation through Florida’s Crimes Compensation Act for your losses.
According to Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles under the s.316.193 Florida statute, DUI is one offense, proved by impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above. The penalties upon conviction are the same, regardless of the manner in which the offense is proven.
In addition to the above, Florida law provides for compensatory and potentially punitive damages in Civil Court for injuries caused by a DUI driver. At Cutler Rader, we are dedicated to helping the victims of drunk driver accidents recover substantial amounts of money to help them get their lives back on track. We recommend you pursue a claim soon after your accident as there are certain time limitations on how long you have to file a claim.
Contact us at (954) 913-CASE (2273) for a complimentary consultation.
Some of the prior Automobile Accident Verdicts and Settlements handled by Mr. Cutler and/or Mr. Rader:
$2,975,000 combined settlement
$2,975,000 combined settlement for a woman who suffered a worsening (exacerbation) of a painful back from an automobile accident. As a result of the pain, she underwent standard epidural steroid injections. In an unusual and unpredictable reaction, the injections caused her adrenal glands to stop producing natural steroids, which meant that she had to go on steroid replacement therapy. This resulted in significant weight gain, the possibility of immune compromise, and other medical issues. This case exemplifies how Cutler Rader’s research and knowledge of medicine can allow us to find – and recover for- hidden areas of damages for our clients.
$1,000,000 + verdict: rear end auto accident
$1,000,000 + verdict: rear end auto accident. Plaintiff suffered one-level disk herniation and underwent three epidural injections. Insurance company, which at first only risked a $10,000 policy, initially they tried to low-ball us with only a $600 offer. But through painstaking investigation, aggressive discovery techniques, novel and creative trial arguments and the power of thoughtful persuasion, the jury returned what we believe is the highest verdict in Florida history for similar facts and damages.
$880,000 rear-end collision of physician requiring cervical disk fusion
$880,000 rear-end collision of a physician who required a cervical disk fusion. Through painstaking and meticulous evaluation of her patient appointments over a course of years (all patient identifying information redacted), we were able to present a very substantial lost earnings claim.
$700,000 settlement for a woman involved in a rollover crash where she sustained multiple orthopedic injuries and needed internal repairs to her spleen after being forced off a highway by another car.
We have resolved many other cases well in access of 100K