Ocala Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
When a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs chooses to get behind the wheel, he or she puts everyone on the road at risk of serious injury, and it’s simply unacceptable. The effects of alcohol on an individual’s ability to drive are proven and well-known. Yet, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 30 million Americans drive drunk in the average year. If you or a loved one has been hit by a drunk driver and injured in the Ocala area, Marianne Howanitz, P.A. can help you enforce your right to financial compensation. No one should be made to suffer due to someone else’s bad decision. Our goal is to ease your burden by making sure you have the financial resources to set your life right again.
Pursuing Compensation from a Drunk Driver in Civil Court
Under Florida law, injury victims and their families (in the event of a fatal accident) can file civil personal injury or wrongful death claims against drunk drivers—as well as negligent third parties, such as bars or restaurants—whose actions resulted in their injuries, or the loss of a loved one. These claims may be filed at the same time separate criminal charges against the drunk driver are pending. In other words, you do not have to wait until the drunk driver is found guilty of driving under the influence to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. In fact, it is best to file an action as soon as possible after a drunk driving accident to prevent the loss of evidence that can happen over time. Ocala drunk driving acccident lawyer Marianne Howantiz excels at investigation, accident reconstruction, and witness interviews. The sooner she gets started on your claim after you were hit by a drunk driver, the stronger your case.
Damages Available to You If You Were Hit by a Drunk Driver
Drunk driving accidents are often serious. When victims survive the crash, they frequently suffer devastating injuries with lasting effects, such as spinal cord injuries, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and burns. If you have sustained severe, life-changing injuries due to the reckless actions of a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation for economic damages like medical bills and loss of past and future earnings, non-economic damages like emotional pain and suffering, and punitive damages meant to punish and discourage drunk drivers from committing the crime in the future. Ms. Howanitz will fight for all the damages you may be entitled to after a drunk driving accident.
Call Marianne Howanitz, P.A. if You Were Hit by a Drunk Driver in Florida
If you’ve been involved in an accident with a drunk driver, you may have more legal options—and compensation available to you—than you would if your accident was not alcohol-related. But you will never know if you don’t talk to an experienced Florida personal injury attorney. Please contact Marianne Howanitz, P.A. today to schedule a free initial consultation. Ms. Howanitz will personally handle your case with compassion and determination.