Brevard Accident Lawyers: DUI Accidents
Accidents caused by DUI (Driving Under the Influence) are responsible for thousands of deaths and injuries in the U.S. each year. In Florida, DUI was determined to be the contributing factor of accidents resulting in 621 deaths and 3,851 injuries in 2008. The Brevard County DUI accident lawyers at Couture Law PA want you to know the facts to reassure you that you’re not alone – and top-notch representation is just a phone call away.
To many, the difference between DUI and “drunk driving” is a matter of semantics. While they more or less are similar, DUI is a formal charge, which refers to operating a vehicle (car, bicycle, boat, airplane or even a horse) while under the influence of not just alcohol, but illegal or over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs. Florida statute s. 316.193, F.S. specifically states:
“Under Florida law, DUI is one offense, proved by impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above. The penalties upon conviction are the same, regardless of the manner in which the offense is proven.”
A typical DUI arrest incident actually generates two cases: The first is the criminal case, in which liability is determined. The second is brought on by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and determines what happens to the alleged offender’s driver license. However, there are times when an alleged offender won’t be convicted. A DUI accident victim should not rely on the state to prosecute his or her DUI case. This state prosecution does not include the civil case in which the victim seeks damages. If you’ve been hurt by someone charged with driving under the influence, the Brevard County DUI accident attorneys at Couture Law PA can help you collect damages and help you begin to restore your life to normalcy.
Florida law provides DUI accident victims extensive rights. This helps drive home the point that driving under the influence is not acceptable under any circumstances. When an alleged offender is convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs of any kind by the state, it substantiates the civil case. Also, Florida law does allow the establishment to be held liable in some cases. Contact the Brevard County DUI accident attorneys at Couture Law to discuss your case today.
Couture Law PA represents DUI accident victims in Brevard County and its major cities, including Melbourne, Titusville, Palm Bay and the entire Space Coasts and surrounding cities and towns.