It is illegal in the State of Florida for a driver to operate their vehicle with a BAC level of .08 if they are 21 years of age or older. It is also illegal for a driver to operate their vehicle while under the influence of any amount of alcohol when it impairs their ability to operate their car or truck safely and responsibly. With that said, when a driver is guilty of operating a vehicle with a BAC limit that exceeds the allowable amount or they have consumed just enough to impair their judgement which, in turn, leads to a fatal accident occurring, an accident attorney should be contacted to help the surviving family take legal action.
What can an accident attorney do for you and your family?
Although the driver may have already been charged with DUI manslaughter, reckless driving, DUI, etc., it doesn’t mean he or she will be convicted of those charges or face additional consequences for taking the life of another. That is why you are encouraged to retain a Boca Raton, FL accident lawyer of your own. Some of the things an accident attorney can do for you include:
- Push for the maximum penalties to be imposed. DUI manslaughter is considered to be a second-degree felony which carries a maximum of 15 years in jail and a $10,000 fine [Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]. Should the DUI offender hire a lawyer of their own, they could receive only the minimum sentence for the crime(s) they committed, However, when you have retained a legal representative who can help push for maximum penalties to be imposed, the chances of this happening then increase.
- An attorney can help you file a lawsuit against the driver. While there is nothing that can be done to bring back the person who was wrongfully killed in an alcohol-related accident, there are steps you can take that may help you gain some closure. While many are satisfied with seeing a DUI offender go to jail for an extended period of time, others are looking for other ways to obtain justice. One step many often take is filing suit against the at-fault driver. When you choose to file a lawsuit for the death of a loved one who was killed in a drunk driving accident in Boca Raton, FL, you could recover damages that would help pay for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral costs
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages
- Loss of financial support
Ready to speak with an accident attorney in Boca Raton, FL who has experience with handling alcohol-related collisions?
If you would like to find out more about filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver who was responsible for taking your loved one’s life, it’s time for you to call the Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Rosenberg, PLLC. Time is of the essence when it comes to filing wrongful death lawsuits in the State of FL as a two-year statute of limitations has been set. To ensure your lawsuit is filed properly and in a timely manner, contact this firm today at 561-508-8800 to discuss your potential case with a skilled lawyer.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Rosenberg, PLLC can be reached at:
5255 N. Federal Hwy., 3rdFloor
Boca Raton, FL 33487