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Under Florida law, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely illegal. This act is also extremely dangerous, putting drivers, pedestrians, and other people on the road at heightened risk of an accident. If you are injured by a drunk or drugged driver, you may be eligible for financial compensation—and the Tampa DUI accident attorneys at Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner can help. Our lawyers will fight diligently for your right to compensation and advocate aggressively for your best possible outcome.

Why Choose Us

  • Our firm has over 60 years of experience in personal injury law. Our Tampa DUI accident attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts.
  • Your Tampa injury lawyer will work directly with you throughout your DUI accident case and will always be available to answer questions and provide case updates.
  • Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis. If you do not receive compensation in your case, we will not charge you legal fees.

Common Injuries in DUI Accidents

DUI accidents can be very severe and catastrophic. You could sustain serious injuries that require extensive medical care, resulting in financial hardship, severe pain, and emotional trauma.

Some of the most common injuries in DUI accidents include the following.

  • Whiplash and other neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Burn injuries and scarring
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Lacerations and bruises
  • Amputated or mangled limbs
  • Internal organ damage and bleeding
  • Death

Legal Options for Tampa DUI Victims

Florida is a no-fault accident state, meaning that drivers are responsible for their losses after a car accident in Tampa. All Florida drivers must carry at least $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, which pays for medical expenses and other financial losses following a collision. Drivers must also hold $10,000 in property damage liability (PDL) coverage. After a Tampa DUI accident, your first path to compensation will likely involve filing a PIP claim against your own policy for financial losses and filing a PDL claim against the at-fault driver to pay for vehicle repairs.

In some circumstances, you could also file a third-party insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver. Through a third-party claim, you can recover compensation past your PIP policy limits, as well as damages for your non-economic pain and suffering losses. To be eligible for this type of claim, however, your injuries must involve at least one of the following criteria:

  • Bone fractures
  • Significant disfigurement
  • Substantially full disability for at least 90 days
  • Significant limitation of use of a body function or system
  • Permanent limitation of use of a body organ or member

Your attorney from Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner can evaluate your injuries and determine whether or not you meet Florida’s serious injury thresholds. Speak to a lawyer as soon as possible following your DUI accident to discuss your legal options.

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If you have been injured by a drugged or drunk driver in Tampa, Florida, you deserve justice. In these situations, trust the Tampa DUI accident lawyers at Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free case consultation and identify your optimal path to maximum recovery.

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