Every case is different, so we cannot offer an estimate of how much a settlement for your drunk driving accident will be.
But there are a lot of variables that affect the settlement value of drunk driving car accident cases, which we will discuss below. We recommend speaking with a car accident lawyer from our firm to review your case and the full range of your damages.
Recoverable Damages for a Drunk Driving Accident
The types of recoverable damages for a drunk driving accident are the same as for other car accidents.
Here is an overview of common types of recoverable damages for auto accidents:
- Medical bills for reasonable and medically necessary care
- Hospitalization costs
- Surgical costs
- Physical therapy expenses
- Lost wages while getting medical care or recovering from injuries
- Reduced future earning capacity
- Permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Other types of damages may be recoverable in your case. Your accident claim or lawsuit must establish how your injuries affect your life, including your finances. Call us at 954-767-6500 for help from a personal injury lawyer at our firm.
How Partial Fault May Affect a Drunk Driving Accident Settlement
Florida follows the comparative fault rule. The comparative fault rule, also called comparative negligence, lets you recover damages even if you are partly at fault for the accident. But it reduces recoverable compensation by your percentage of fault.
For example, if you were 10 percent at fault for the accident, you will get 90 percent of your damages instead of the full 100 percent of your damages.
No Limits for Comparative Fault in Florida
In some states, your percentage of fault must fall below a certain level to be eligible to recover damages from another party. These states say that if you are 50 or 51 percent at fault, then you cannot recover damages at all.
That is not the case in Florida. Instead, Florida uses a “pure” comparative negligence rule. This rule states that as long as someone else was even one percent at fault, you can still recover your losses minus your percentage of fault.
Call the Montero Law Center for Help After a Drunk Driving Accident
If you were hurt in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, call us for help.
At the Montero Law Center, we focus on helping people who suffered harm as the result of someone else’s negligence. We do not charge attorney fees unless you receive compensation.
Please call us today at 954-767-6500 for help. The case evaluation is free, and there is no obligation when you call.