Despite all the warnings from law enforcement agencies and advocacy groups, some people continue to get behind the wheels of their vehicles when impaired. Whether they drink too much or take drugs, they jeopardize their ability to drive safely. Even though they are some of the most preventable accidents here in Florida and across the country, you could still end up the victim of a drunk or drugged driver.
In fact, every year, thousands of people die and even more suffer serious injuries in encounters with drunk or drugged drivers. You may do your best to avoid a driver you see swerving, stopping for no reason or engaging in some other dangerous driving behavior, but those are only the ones you can see coming. You may not have time to avoid a collision with the one you failed to see.
When law enforcement officials arrive at the scene of an accident in which they suspect a driver of impairment, they will most likely take that person into custody. It will then be the responsibility of the criminal justice system to determine whether that driver was impaired beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law for him or her to face the criminal consequences of that offense. However, that probably will not do much for you and the financial losses and other damages you incurred in the aftermath of the crash.
You will probably end up receiving a settlement offer from the other driver’s insurance company, but most likely, it will not cover all your losses. In order to pursue the restitution to which you are entitled after your encounter with a drunk or drugged driver, you will probably need to go through Florida’s civil court system, but you do not have to do so alone. You could greatly benefit from consulting with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who can advocate for you as you work to get your life back on track.