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Drunk Driving Accidents

Fort Lauderdale Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys

Helping Victims of Florida Car Accidents

Each day, drunk driving accidents seriously injure or kill innocent people throughout South Florida and the surrounding area. If you are a driver, passenger, pedestrian, or cyclist, your life can be forever altered in a single moment due to the negligence of another. Feelings of grief, suffering, and loss attributed to such DUI accidents are escalated due to the fact that it’s an entirely avoidable and unnecessary tragedy.

DUI accidents can be some of the worst types of auto accidents because intoxicated drivers (whether drunk driving or driving while high) tend to take more risks, driving recklessly and making poor decisions, all of which can cost an innocent person their health, or worse — their life.

Car accidents attributed to DUIs are classified as criminal in nature because both drunk driving and driving while high are deemed illegal. People affected by these types of motor vehicle accidents can also bring a case to civil court in order to receive reimbursement for their past or future medical bills, lost wages, property damages, pain and suffering, and more. Sometimes, a civil case can even be brought against the particular establishment or party that supplied the substance to the driver of the vehicle which caused the accident.

If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident related to any type of DUI in Fort Lauderdale or surrounding areas such as Miami or West Palm Beach, contact Ginnis & Krathen, P.A. Our small, boutique law firm has many years of first-hand expertise in working with the victims of DUI accidents. Our Fort Lauderdale drunk driving accident attorneys can provide you with the legal counsel you need to bring the driver attributed to the DUI to justice and hopefully collect the compensation you deserve.

If you’ve been injured, don’t hesitate to get started on your case by calling our team at (954) 833-7044, or by contacting us online.

Drunk Driving Laws in Florida

Alcohol is known to impair a person’s judgment and motor functions, as well as cause people to make risky decisions, all of which are dangerous when a person is behind the wheel. Despite the fact that most people today understand that drunk driving is illegal and dangerous, nearly 30 people die in drunk driving accidents every day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In the state of Florida, drivers can be charged with fines and jail time if they drive with a blood alcohol concentration level of .08 or above.

The more DUIs a person has gotten, the more serious the consequences will be. For example, a first DUI offense would result in fines ranging from $500 to $2,000 but being convicted of three or more DUIs in 10 years is considered a third-degree felony and could result in long jail sentences.

While people injured in drunk driving accidents often file claims against the driver, there may be instances in which victims can hold bars, restaurants, and other establishments responsible through Florida’s Dram Shop Law. However, you can only hold an establishment responsible if you can prove alcohol was sold or given to an underage individual or an individual with a known alcohol addiction.

Why You Need an Attorney After a Drunk Driving Accident

If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident related to any type of DUI, it’s vital that you speak with an experienced DUI accident attorney immediately. Every year, alcohol or other intoxicants are a massive contributing factor in several of our state’s accidents, resulting in thousands of injuries and deaths. When it comes to getting justice for your case, you not only are required to prove the negligence of the other driver, but you also have to prove that the driver who caused the accident was intoxicated.

Our attorneys have achieved multimillion-dollar verdict and settlements for countless individuals and families in Florida and can apply the same level of dedication to your case.

We’ve been able to help clients cover the costs of the following after drunk driving accidents that end in injury or death:

  • Medical bills, including costs of hospitalization, surgery, medication, and more
  • Aftercare costs like physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Lost wages or diminished earning capacity
  • Lost income
  • Burial and funeral expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of companionship or support

While drunk drivers may be charged with crimes, you won’t be able to recover anything unless you file a personal injury claim on your own. Our team can aid you in finding a knowledgeable and proficient attorney that’s ready to work with you, for you, and get the compensation you deserve.

Our team is proud to serve injured clients throughout Florida. Call our drunk driving accident attorneys in Fort Lauderdale to schedule your free consultation at (954) 833-7044.

Every Case Matters

Millions of Dollars Recovered in Successful Verdicts & Settlements
  • Fatal Truck Accident $3,000,000

    We recovered $3 million for the family of a pedestrian who was fatally struck in a truck accident.

  • Slip & Fall $2,950,000

    Our client slipped and fell on commercial private property due to a leaking roof. As a result, Ginnis & Krathen, P.A. was able to secure $2.95 million for our client.

  • Rear-End Car Accident $2,000,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a rear-end motor vehicle crash on behalf of their clients in the amount of $2,000,000.00. Our clients were driving south on I-95 when they were rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. The force of the crash was so significant that it sent our clients’ vehicle into a wooded area on the side of the road.

  • Motorcycle Accident $1,520,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a motorcycle crash involving a fatality in the amount of $1,520,000.00. The decedent was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a commercial vehicle.

  • Sidewalk Fall $1,400,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a Slip and Fall case on behalf of their client in the amount of $1,400,000. Due to the negligence of Defendant, our client fell in the common area of a 55+ condominium community and sustained significant injuries.

  • Rear-End Car Accident $1,350,000

    A drunk, uninsured driver going 60-70 mph crashed into the rear of a vehicle with a man and woman in their 70s and a 99-year-old passenger. Attorneys Eric Ginnis and H. Ross Zelnick successfully negotiated to obtain a $1.35 million settlement for the two seniors and the estate of the 99-year-old decedent.

  • Slip and Fall – Slippery Floor $950,000

    Our client slipped and fell on a very slippery polished marble floor. The carrier denied liability prior to a lawsuit being initiated. The attorneys at Ginnis & Krathen, P.A., after contested litigation,  we were able to reach a settlement for our client in the amount of $950,000.

  • Side-Swipe Auto Accident $900,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a side-swipe motor vehicle crash on behalf of their client in the amount of $900,000.00. Our client was operating his motor vehicle when he was sideswiped by another motor vehicle.

  • Automobile T-Bone Accident $750,000

    While traveling in their vehicle, our clients were struck on the side by a large pickup truck. Through aggressive presuit negotiations, with the Defendant’s insurance company, our attorneys were able to settle the case in an amount of $750,000.

  • Auto Sideswipe $650,000

    Our client was sideswiped by another vehicle and sustained injuries due to the crash. Our attorneys were able to settle the case in the amount of $650,000 for our client.

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Client Testimonials

Real Stories, Real Recoveries
  • If we ever need a lawyer in the future they will be my first phone call

    “Ginnis & Krathen was not what I expected for a law firm. Eric and Milly are professional understanding and compassionate. If we ever need a lawyer in the future they will be my first phone call.”

    - Lisa T.
  • The best decision I made.

    “For the first time since the accident, I felt someone was on my side! I am very pleased with the settlement he negotiated for me, but more so for the personal level of service and professionalism during such a difficult time!”

    - Linda P.
  • Exceeded all my expectations.

    “I still can’t believe how they have exceeded all my expectations. They did an incredible job. I would strongly recommend them to anyone. Thanks so much. I’m so grateful a friend of my sister referred me to your office.”

    - Frantz M.
  • Knew exactly what was going on.

    “They all are friendly, and you won’t be passed off to a case manager. Any time I’ve called, I’ve spoken to an attorney or at least a paralegal. Some offices will pass you to a case manager or an intake rep. You won’t experience that”

    - Dee C.
  • Held my hand through the whole process.

    “Lissette went above and beyond the call of duty to help me. This group is awesome. They made a difficult situation pleasant and held my hand through the whole process.”

    - Julieanna J.
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What Makes Us Different?

Learn About Our Unique Legal Approach
  • Proven Record of Success

    We have recovered millions of dollars in successful verdicts and settlements, including a seven-figure case that another firm turned down.

  • Trial-Ready Legal Advocacy

    Our personal injury attorneys have extensive jury trial experience and have collectively tried more than 250 jury trials to verdict.

  • Extensive Medical Resources

    Our firm benefits from a qualified network of medical experts who will waste no time in assessing your injuries, no matter how extensive.

  • A Network of Support

    When you hire us, you will benefit from the unwavering support of our attorneys, legal staff, forensic investigators and more. 

  • Personalized Legal Approach

    As our client, you can rest assured that your case will receive the personalized care and attention of a knowledgeable senior partner — no matter the size.

  • Maximized Case Value

    We are committed to maximizing the recovery that our clients deserve and have successfully settled cases that other law firms have turned down.