More than one-third of all Florida car accident fatalities involve drunk
driving. In 2009, 770 Floridians lost their lives in drunk driving car
crashes making Florida the state with the third largest number of alcohol-impaired
While each Florida drunk driving death is a horrific loss for the family
and friends of the victim, the true tragedy is that every drunk driving
death preventable. There is no good reason for anyone to get behind a
wheel while under the influence of alcohol.
The law recognizes that drunk driving accidents are different than other
Florida car crashes. The families of those who are killed in West Palm
Beach drunk driving crashes have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit
against the drunk driver.
A wrongful death lawsuit allows the families of drunk driving accident
victims to seek compensation for accident-related damages including medical
bills, medical treatment, lost wages and the pain and suffering experienced
by the victim. But, the law allows families to seek punitive damages.
Punitive damages are damages designed as a punishment for wrongful behavior
and are awarded in cases where someone shows a reckless disregard for
the safety of others and deliberately endangers the public. In Florida,
drunk driving is considered a reckless behavior.
A family has the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit even if criminal
charges have been filed against the drunk driver.
If you have lost a loved one to a West Palm Beach drunk driving accident,
contacting a qualified
South Florida accident attorney is the first step to getting accountability and compensation for your loss.
To learn more about the rights of accident victims or to discuss your
contact the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. at (561) 600-5605.
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