There are many festivities planned each year to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the St. Petersburg area. While revelers will be out wearing green and celebrating their Irish heritage (or pretending they are Irish for the day), there will also be an increased risk of accidents and injuries on the roads around St. Pete. This is because, unfortunately, too many people make the dangerous decision to become intoxicated and then try to drive home.
Consequences for Drunk Drivers
If you are injured by a drunk driver on St. Patrick’s Day or on any other day of the year, you should be aware that you have certain legal rights. However, you must often take action on your own to invoke these rights. Too many people believe that law enforcement and prosecutors will help them receive compensation as victims of drunk drivers, which is generally not the case.
When a drunk driver is arrested following an accident, they can face fines and jail time if they are convicted of driving under the influence in violation of Florida law. However, these fines largely go to the courts and a criminal case will not work to compensate you for the medical bills, lost income, or pain and suffering you experienced because of the drunk driver.
Instead, you must bring your own legal action in Florida civil court to seek the compensation you deserve from the dangerous driver. The process of filing a personal injury lawsuit can be complicated, however, an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney can guide you through the process. We know how to use a criminal DUI conviction of the driver to your advantage to help resolve your case in the most favorable and efficient manner possible.
Call our St. Petersburg Car Accident Attorneys to Discuss Your Rights Today
At the law office of Berkowitz & Myer, our St. Petersburg auto accident lawyers know how a drunk driver can impact your life and we will protect your rights to hold that driver liable for your losses. Call us for a free consultation today at 727-344-0123.