Zeeshan Anwar, a 31-year-old podiatrist in South Florida, has been criminally charged for his involvement in a fatal drunk driving accident [Source: NBC Miami]. Anwar was driving south on I-95 back in February when he allegedly failed to reduce his speed when the vehicle in front of him began to slow down. As a result, the 31-year-old driver wound up crashing into the vehicle that had been traveling in front of him and then into a construction zone.
Prosecutors say Anwar then collided into an empty forklift and then into a construction worker, pinning him against a pickup truck. That man has been identified as 64-year-old Curtis Heaberlin. After the accident, Heaberlin was transported to an area hospital where he later died. Police say Anwar’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level was three times the legal limit.
Anwar was later arrested and charged after the fatal drunk driving accident and a judge set his bond at $150,000. He was also required to surrender his passport and was prohibited from drinking alcohol or driving a vehicle until he appeared at trial.
Were you or a loved one involved in an accident in Miami, FL that was caused by a drunk driver?
In the state of Florida, it is illegal for a motorist to operate a vehicle while impaired or with a BAC level of 0.08 or higher. If you were involved in an accident with an impaired driver in Miami, FL and suffered injuries as a result, you may be entitled to recover compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. In your lawsuit, which should be prepared by an experienced Miami, FL personal injury attorney, you can request that you be awarded compensation for economic damages, non-economic damages, and even punitive damages given they are warranted.
What’s the difference between the three types of damages?
Non-economic damages are often awarded in personal injury cases for things like pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, etc. These types of damages are usually more difficult to value which is why you should have a Miami personal injury lawyer helping you determine how much you should be awarded for this category of damages. Economic damages, which are often easier to value, are usually paid out for losses that are measurable such as medical expenses and property loss. Punitive damages, on the other hand, is compensation that is paid out to serve as a form of punishment to help deter the negligent individual and others away from engaging in similar behavior in the future.
Now, if you need more information on filing a personal injury lawsuit or would like to have a skilled Miami, FL personal injury attorney estimate what your case might be worth, contact Mario Trespalacios P.A. today.
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