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Chris Largey is jurisprudence personified! He is first and foremost ethical and in these unpredictable times, ethics has become a rare trait. Mr. Largey possesses a deep understanding of the law as well as how it applies to people in thei...
Chris Largey is jurisprudence personified! He is first and foremost ethical and in these unpredictable times, ethics has become a rare trait. Mr. Largey possesses a deep understanding of the law as well as how it applies to people in their particular roles, be it judges, juries, attorneys, witnesses, doctors, hospitals, corporations and insurance companies. He also understands his clients needs and addresses them with honesty, compassion and always with their best interest at heart. Chris’s counsel is exemplary with regard to trusting his direction and recommendations of other professionals involved with handling a particular case as he utilizes only the best resources available. The staff of Largey Law are the finest I’ve had the pleasure of knowing, as they are professional, efficient and genuinely kind.
After I was involved in a serious not-at-fault auto accident, and in checking reviews on many local attorneys, we made an appointment with Largey Law. During the initial meeting, I had no doubt we had chose correctly and signed with their ...
After I was involved in a serious not-at-fault auto accident, and in checking reviews on many local attorneys, we made an appointment with Largey Law. During the initial meeting, I had no doubt we had chose correctly and signed with their firm to represent me. Chris Largey represented me and he along with his associate Kim Reno, well what can I say, they always had my best interest at heart. They not only made every step of the way as easy as possible, but always looked out for my best interest. They also made certain I received all the medical care I needed and handled all the paperwork involved with my claim. They were ALWAYS on top of every thing, every step of the way through to the claim settlement. They really cared about me, and on multiple occasions went above and beyond to help me through this this difficult situation, as during this my husband passed away from leukemia. It was nice to know they were there for me and handling this. I so appreciate everything Chris and Kim and staff have done for me through this and in finalizing my settlement, thank you so much! All I can say is I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Largey Law, they are professional, knowledgeable, responsive and most of all, a caring group of folks.
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How a Drunk Driving Victim Can Prove a Case for Damages
- posted: Oct. 15, 2021
- Personal Injury
Drunk drivers face heavy fines, driver’s license suspension and potential jail time when they injure others. Unfortunately, these penalties don’t do much to help the victims. Monetary compensation for victims is not the main goal of the criminal justice system. If you or a family member suffers harm at the hands of a drunk driver, you must pursue a personal injury lawsuit in civil court to win the damages you deserve.
Insurance is the starting point for injured people seeking compensation after any auto accident, including a DUI-related crash. The injured person first collects from their personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, which provides up to $10,000. When more than $10,000 is required, the victim can pursue damages from the drunk driver or anyone else who may bear responsibility.
There are several grounds on which a DUI accident victim can base a personal injury lawsuit:
- Negligence per se — A person is presumed to be negligent when they violate a statute and cause an injury. Since drunk driving violates Florida law, the victim can argue that the driver was negligent per se and should be found liable for damages. The statutory violation doesn’t guarantee a win, but it is strong evidence.
- Vicarious liability — If the drunk driver borrowed someone else’s car and was driving it at the time of the crash, Florida law allows an injured victim to sue the car’s owner. The doctrine of vicarious liability allows a crash victim to hold a vehicle owner responsible for the negligence of anyone who operates their vehicle with their consent.
- Negligent entrustment — This ground of liability applies in some situations where the drunk driver was driving someone else’s car. The owner could be considered negligent if he or she knew or should have known that the person they let borrow the car had a history of reckless driving, drunk driving or other serious traffic offenses.
- Dram shop liability — Under Florida’s dram shop law, a commercial establishment can be liable for willfully providing alcohol to someone under 21 or to someone known to be “habitually addicted” to alcohol, if that person then drives and injures someone. This law applies only to businesses who sell alcohol. If the drunk driver was served at someone’s home, you cannot sue the homeowner for your injuries.
You will want to speak with a seasoned Florida DUI accident lawyer to determine which of these legal theories might apply to your situation.
Largey Law Firm has extensive experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases for victims of drunk driving accidents. We are always ready to meet with you and explain how we can help. Please call 352-253-0456 or contact us online to schedule a free attorney consultation at our offices in Inverness, Clermont or Tavares.