Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous. These substances impair many of the skills necessary for safe driving, including judgement, concentration, motor skills, and alertness. Unfortunately, many Florida drivers get behind the wheel while intoxicated—leading to severe, life-threatening collisions.
If you are injured by a drunk or drugged driver in Bradenton, Florida, the attorneys at Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner can help. Our Bradenton DUI accident attorneys have the skills and knowledge you need to hold the at-fault driver accountable.
Why Choose Us
Our attorneys have over 60 years of experience in personal injury law and have helped injured Florida residents secure millions of dollars in compensation.
Our firm will maintain a direct line of communication between you and your lawyer from consultation to settlement.
We understand how painful a DUI accident can be. Our attorneys will handle all aspects of your case on your behalf and will gladly meet with you at your home or hospital room.
Common Injuries in a Florida DUI Accident
DUI accidents often result in devastating injuries. When a drunk driver loses control of his or her vehicle, he or she can collide into other cars and pedestrians in the vicinity at very high speeds, causing severe damage. If you are involved in a Bradenton DUI collision, you may experience one or more of the following personal injuries.
Traumatic brain damage
Spinal cord injuries
Soft tissue damage, such as whiplash
Broken bones and fractures
Burn injuries and scarring
Spinal cord damage and paralysis
Neck and back injuries
Bruises and lacerations
After a collision, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. While receiving treatment, save all records related to your injuries and medical care. As soon as you are able, contact a Bradenton DUI accident attorney at Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner to discuss your legal options.
Your Legal Options After a Bradenton, FL DUI Collision
Florida is a no-fault state. This means that injured drivers must first file a claim under their own personal injury protection (PIP) coverage to pay for their medical expenses and other financial losses after a collision. Drivers are still eligible to file a third-party claim for vehicle damage against the at-fault driver.
If you are injured in a DUI accident, this will likely be your first course of action. However, DUI accident injuries are often very severe, and your losses may exceed your insurance policy limits. In these situations, you could pursue a third-party insurance claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver. Through a third-party claim, you are not only eligible to recover compensation for your financial losses, but your pain and suffering damages as well.
You are only eligible to file a third-party claim if your injuries meet certain thresholds established by Florida law. Bone fractures, disfigurement, or any injury that results in a disability will likely qualify under these rules. Your lawyer at Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner can evaluate your injury and determine your optimal legal pathway.
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If you are injured in a Bradenton DUI accident, you are not alone and help is available. The lawyers at Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner can represent your case and identify your best possible path to maximum compensation. Contact us today to discuss your legal options with a Bradenton DUI accident lawyer.