With April upon on and May around the corner, many young people in the area are getting ready for their annual prom. Prom is often the highlight of a person’s high social life and often represents a significant milestone in the transition to adulthood. There are many traditions that adults will remember from their high school years that are still the same – picking out a dress, electing a prom king and queen, and, and gossiping about who is going with who.
Not all traditions are so innocent, however, and one thing that certainly has not changed over the years is that young people often experiment with alcohol and drink to excess. Despite ever-stricter laws regarding the underage possession of alcohol and drinking and driving, young people invariably get their hands on beer, wine, or liquor during the prom season and have a few too many. Unfortunately, this tends to result in more drunk drivers on the road than usual, putting everyone at risk.
Florida Law Allows People Hurt by Drunk Drivers to Recover Compensation
If you are one of the unlucky people who is injured in an accident with a drunk driver this spring, there are steps that you can take to ensure that you are able to recover compensation for your property damage, medical bills, and any other losses you sustain. These include the following:
- Make Sure the Police Respond to the Scene of Your Accident – If you suspect that the driver of the other vehicle is intoxicated after an accident, be sure to have law enforcement respond to the scene. Doing so will ensure that the other driver is evaluated by the police and that a formal DUI case is issued if there is evidence that he or she is drunk.
- See Your Physician – Many car accident victims who are not seriously hurt make the mistake of not seeing their doctor after a car wreck. Not only does seeing your physician ensure that your injuries are diagnosed and treated, it also generates a record that may be important when it comes time to establish damages.
- Call an Attorney – The best way to ensure that you receive the settlement or award to which you are entitled after an accident with a drunk driver is to retain a lawyer as soon as you can.
Call a Gainesville Car Accident Attorney Today for a Free Case Evaluation
If you have been involved in an accident with a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation under Florida law. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call Meldon Law today at 352-373-8000 or send us an email through our online contact form.