Florida DUI Victim AttorneysAs opposed to car accidents that are a result from an honest mistake or inescapable circumstances, Florida drunk driving accidents are a tragedy. The negligent party made the willing decision to operate their automobile impaired and must be held responsible for the damage they have caused to innocent victims. Victims are often killed or sustain very serious injuries including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and injury to the spine, among others.
At Dolman Law Group, we care about the Tampa Bay area community and the people residing in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota and Pasco County. As Tampa Bay area drunk driving victim attorneys, it is our goal to raise community awareness to the inherent dangers of drunk driving and encourage individuals to make responsible decisions such as safe driving alternatives (i.e., designated driver or hired transportation).
The wake of damage and devastation left behind by impaired drivers is staggering. We understand the financial, medical, legal and emotional demands that are placed on the victim and the victim’s family after such a tragedy. The large number of DUI accidents in Clearwater, Tampa and the surrounding areas is disturbing and alarming.
Total Tampa Bay Area DUI Violations from 2013:(According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles)
- Pinellas County: 3,239
- Hillsborough County: 4,097
- Manatee County: 745
- Sarasota County: 1,125
- Pasco County: 1,327
Victim AdvocacyAt Dolman Law Group, we sue drunk drivers. We support the work of organizations like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), IDDPA (International Drunk Driving Prevention Association), and other groups that bring public awareness to the horrific nature of alcohol related accidents, and the egregious and reckless behavior exhibited by individuals who operate a car while under the influence. In 2012, MADD assisted over 61,000 victims and survivors of drunk driving accidents. Also according to MADD, over 17 million Americans have admitted to drunk driving. In 2012, there were a total of 17,199 alcohol related crashes in Florida, and the Florida taxpayer subsidy of drunk driving fatalities was $3.6 billion.
It is our goal to help rebuild the lives of the victim and his or her family after such a senseless tragedy. The DUI victim attorneys at Dolman Law Group will seek compensation for medical bills incurred, projected future medical bills, wage loss, out of pocket expenses, and seek damages for any permanent disability sustained as a result of a drunk driving accident. There are too many drunk drivers on the Florida highways, and we want to bring that number down by holding those responsible accountable for their actions.
Obtaining Punitive Damages on DUI CasesWe have succeeded in obtaining punitive damages on DUI cases. The State of Florida considers drunk or intoxicated driving to be willful conduct. Please note punitive damages are statutorily created. Please turn your attention to Florida Statute 768.72 to learn more about punitive damages that may be sought in a DUI case. There is a plethora of case law supporting punitive damages in the context of negligence relating to DUI in this State of Florida.
“It is well settled that punitive damages are appropriate in cases where negligence is coupled with intoxication.” Ingram v. Pettit, 340 So. 2d 922 (Fla. 1976) ("We affirmatively hold that the voluntary act of driving ''while intoxicated'' evinces, without more, a sufficiently reckless attitude for a jury to be asked to provide an award of punitive damages if it determines liability exists for compensatory damages."). See also, Zuckerman v. Robinson, 846 So. 2d 1257 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003)(Legislature has singled out DUI cases as uniquely qualified for punitive damages); Matalon v. Lee, 847 So. 2d 1077 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003); D'Amario v. Ford Motor Co., 806 So. 2d 424 (Fla. 2001).
Consult with a DUI Victim AttorneyIf you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of the actions of a drunk driver, it is imperative to retain an experienced Florida DUI personal injury attorney. Our goal is to hold the drunk driver and his or her insurance carrier responsible for the damage they have caused, and seek compensation for the victim and possibly the victim’s family for physical and emotional injury.
When a family suffers a loss due to the reckless actions of a drunk driver, no amount of money will truly compensate such. However, our civil justice system enables the innocent victim the right to seek compensation from the drunk driver or those who have willfully disregarded the law by serving alcohol to either a minor or an individual who was already intoxicated.
Please note that the attorneys at Dolman Law Group work on a contingency fee basis and we are only paid if we are able to recover money from the applicable insurance carrier. We are paid out of the very funds the insurance carrier pays pursuant to a settlement or jury verdict. You will not be asked to pay us a retainer. Further, we front all costs related to pursuing your claim/case all the way through trial.
Dolman Law Group is a Clearwater personal injury law firm that is ready, willing and able to represent DUI victims throughout the State of Florida. In fact we serve injury clients in Clearwater, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar, Ozona, Pinellas Park, Kenneth City, New Port Richey, Hudson, Bradenton, Sarasota, Melbourne, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami among many areas.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765