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Jacksonville Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, LLP
12574 Flagler Center Blvd; Suite 101
Jacksonville, FL, 32258
904-441-6903

Drunk driving is illegal and leads to devastating traffic accidents. Alcohol impairment occurs at different levels, but even small amounts of alcohol can impair a driver enough to lead to an accident. Everyone who shares the road with a drunk driver is at risk for severe or fatal injuries. Those who survive a drunk driving accident may miss work because of their injuries and have to deal with accumulating medical expenses. Sometimes, drunk driving accident victims cannot work again and face permanent disabilities from their injuries.

If you sustained injuries in a Jacksonville drunk driving accident, you are likely dealing with the tremendous physical, emotional, and financial burdens. You should not have to bear the fallout of a drunk driving accident alone because someone carelessly got behind the wheel after drinking. Florida law permits drunk driving accident victims to take legal action against drunk drivers to recover damages related to the accident and their injuries.

A Jacksonville drunk driving accident lawyer can help you seek the justice you deserve. Contact an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, for a free case evaluation and to learn about the best path forward to recover compensation for your drunk driving accident injuries.

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Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA Helps Jacksonville Drunk Driving Accident Victims

The skilled legal team at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, has extensive experience helping accident victims seek justice, including those who have suffered injuries in drunk driving accidents. Our firm’s drunk driving accident attorneys have ample experience in negotiating settlements and litigating personal injury claims. Our commitment to client service and professionalism has led to the recovery of millions in damages for our clients.

In one recent case, the team at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA recovered close to $940,000 for a drunk driving accident victim. A speeding drunk driver T-boned a rideshare vehicle in which our client was a passenger. He sustained severe shoulder, spine, and brain injuries.

The client’s accident occurred in North Carolina, and he originally hired a local attorney to represent him. The firm did nothing for him, and the attorney never contacted him, so he called our firm.

Our firm immediately helped him fire his old legal counsel and got to work on his case. The rideshare company was initially unprepared to agree to a reasonable settlement, even though the client needed shoulder surgery, spine surgery and suffered a traumatic brain injury.

After sending a final demand letter close to the trial date, the rideshare company’s insurance provider ultimately offered more compensation. Including the $100,000 that our firm secured from the drunk driver’s auto insurance provider, we secured a total of $939,000 for our client.

This is just one example of a drunk driving accident claim outcome and does not guarantee or predict a specific outcome for your claim. Each case has distinctive circumstances that increase or decrease its value, making it impossible to guarantee an outcome. However, you can rest assured that the experienced drunk driving accident lawyers at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA are able and willing to pursue the maximum compensation in your drunk driving accident case.

Florida Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk driving has decreased more than 30 percent across the United States over the last several decades. Even so, drunk driving still kills one person every 52 minutes across the nation. Florida’s drunk driving accident rates closely parallel the average national trend. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) also reports that drunk driving has been on the decrease in Florida.

The following statistics provide more context to understand drunk driving in Florida:

  • Alcohol-related traffic accidents are decreasing in Florida, but the state still sees about 5,000 drunk driving accidents each year.
  • About 350 fatal drunk driving crashes occur each year in Florida.
  • Alcohol-related crashes in Duval County have drastically decreased over the last several years; the county averages about 300 drunk driving accidents each year, about 20 of which are fatal.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that Florida’s drunk driving accident statistics are above the national average in every age group, except ages 0-20, and especially in the 21 to 34 age group that is most likely to drink and drive.

Potential Injuries in Jacksonville Drunk Driving Accidents

Some drunk driving accident victims walk away unscathed or only suffer minor injuries. However, some accidents leave victims with serious or catastrophic injuries or even end in death. Minor injuries are often not that costly, and a victim might primarily need to seek compensation for vehicle repairs. And, in most cases, victims can recover damages from their mandatory personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. However, in the case of severe accidents, victims tend to easily meet or exceed their PIP limits and must take further action to recover damages.

Serious injuries that typically require drunk driving accident victims to file an additional insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit include:

Fractured Bones

The type and severity of fractures vary in drunk driving accidents, but they are more often than not quite severe and costly to treat. When a drunk driving accident victim suffers multiple breaks in one bone or several fractures throughout their body, they need significant time to recover. Sometimes severe fractures also require orthopedic surgery, which can include surgical hardware to reconstruct an area.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Severe drunk driving accidents can cause major head traumas, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Drunk driving accident victims might suffer TBI from the impact of the crash shaking their brain inside their skull, or from slamming their head into a part of their vehicle during the collision. Regardless of the type of TBI, victims tend to face long-term consequences when they suffer permanent brain damage. Depending on the location of the damage to the brain, victims might struggle with memory, cognitive functions, motor functions, senses, anxiety, depression, personality changes, and more.

Neck Injuries

The most common neck injury associated with traffic crashes, including alcohol-related crashes, is whiplash. Whiplash is named for the motion that causes damage to the soft tissues of the neck. During the impact of a car accident, a person’s neck moves back and forth, often past the normal range of motion. This movement may cause damage to muscles, ligaments, and/or tendons in the neck and shoulder area. Mild whiplash typically heals without intervention within a few months. More serious neck injuries include fractured vertebrae and bulged discs. Any type of neck injury can potentially leave drunk driving accident victims with chronic pain and discomfort.

Back Injuries

Drunk driving accident victims may suffer back injuries from many of the same movements that cause neck injuries in a collision. Seatbelts stop movement in minor accidents, but at high speeds, seatbelts may offer less protection from back injuries. Back injuries vary depending on the type of collision and the speed at which it occurs. Drunk driving accident victims might suffer fractured vertebrae, slipped discs, and bulged or herniated discs. Back injuries are not only costly but often extremely painful. Victims face a lifetime of pain and discomfort even after undergoing one or more corrective surgeries.

Spinal Cord Injuries

A spinal cord injury is among the most devastating injuries a drunk driving accident victim can suffer. Some minor spinal cord injuries heal, but most are permanent. Sometimes, an accident causes bruising or swelling and leads to temporary paralysis. Victims regain lost function once the bruise heals and swelling subsides. However, more often, spinal cord injuries cause permanent loss of body function.

As a general rule, injuries that occur higher on the spinal column cause the most functional loss, making spinal cord injuries of the neck the most dangerous. Injuries closer to the brain block more messages from the brain to the rest of the body. Spinal cord injuries often leave drunk driving accident victims confined to a wheelchair for life.

Amputations

Severe drunk driving collisions create the chance of a victim needing to have a limb amputated. It’s common for victims to get their limbs pinned, especially their legs, during a severe crash. If a drunk driver strikes a pedestrian or a cyclist, they can also get pinned under a vehicle. Once a limb is crushed, blood flow through the limb slows or stops. Doctors try to restore the flow to the limb but sometimes cannot restore blood flow.

They have to make the difficult decision to amputate a limb so infection from a dead limb doesn’t spread to the rest of the body and cause more damage, or even death. Amputees must cope with stump pain, phantom limb pain, and the emotional struggles that emerge from losing a limb and learning how to use a prosthetic device.

Third-party Liability in Jacksonville Drunk Driving Accidents

It is easy to point to a drunk driver as liable for an accident. Consuming alcohol causes impairment. Impairment leads to mistakes or errors while driving, sometimes leading to an accident. Someone who chooses to drink alcohol and drive is clearly responsible for an accident and should be held accountable.

However, Jacksonville drunk driving accident victims may also take legal action against responsible third parties to recover damages for losses related to the accident and their injuries. One such third party may be a business that served alcohol to the drunk driver before the accident.

Dram shop laws apply to businesses that serve alcohol to patrons and social hosts.

You can hold Jacksonville bars, restaurants, clubs, and other places of business that serve alcoholic beverages liable for a drunk driving accident. Under Florida law, you can hold businesses liable if they knowingly serve someone who is habitually addicted to alcohol, then their customer leaves the establishment and causes an accident. Businesses may also bear liability for serving underage drinkers who cause accidents.

Recouping Losses After a Jacksonville Drunk Driving Accident

Once Jacksonville drunk driving accident victims exhaust their PIP coverage, Florida law entitles them to bring a lawsuit against the drunk driver who harmed them, if their damages are sufficiently high.

If a Jacksonville drunk driving accident victim receives an insurance settlement or a court rules in their favor, they could receive compensation for some or all of the following economic and non-economic losses often related to drunk driving accidents:

  • Medical treatment costs, such as ambulance services, emergency room treatment, hospitalization, follow-up care, prescriptions, surgery, X-rays, lab testing, and transportation costs to and from the doctor
  • Estimated future medical treatment expenses, when a drunk driving accident causes life-altering injuries that require continued care and treatment
  • Rehabilitation expenses, for specialized treatment that helps drunk driving accident victims face the physical and emotional aftermath of their injuries, such as physical and occupational therapy, mental health counseling, and speech therapy
  • Lost wages and benefits from missing work due to the accident, injuries, hospitalization, and recovery
  • Estimated future lost wages and benefits when a drunk driving accident causes a catastrophic injury that prevents a victim from working
  • Expenses for assistive devices such as wheelchairs, canes, crutches, and artificial limbs
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium
  • Reduced quality of life

Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA—Your Skilled Jacksonville Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers

Personal Injury Attorney, Matt Dolman

Personal Injury Attorney, Matt Dolman

The knowledgeable drunk driving accident attorneys at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, understand the challenges you face following a drunk driving accident and injuries.

If you or someone you love sustained injuries in a Jacksonville drunk driving accident, let our skilled Jacksonville drunk driving accident lawyers help you hold the drunk driver accountable for their reckless choices.

Compensation for your injuries will not undo the harm that has been done, but it can provide the money to ensure you get the care you need and reduce your economic stress.

Contact us today online or at (904) 441-6903 for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case and your next steps.


Jacksonville Office
12574 Flagler Center Blvd.;
Suite 101
Jacksonville, FL 32258
Phone: (904) 441-6903