Spohrer & Dodd, P.L.
701 West Adams Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
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Aviation Product Boat Pedestrian Auto Death Claims
Claims Involving Drunk,
The CDC reports that 1 in 3 traffic fatalities are caused by drunk drivers. To avoid a crash, a driver must perceive a hazard, react to it and allow time to stop. Attentive drivers typically take 2 seconds to perceive a hazard. At 60 mph, it then takes about 359 feet to stop. For tired drivers, or those under the effects of alcohol, medications or fatigue, perception and reaction times are greatly slowed. Distracted drivers may not react to a hazard at all.
Florida has been named the second worst state (after Louisiana) for distracted driving. For victims of phoning, texting, Tweeting or Facebooking drivers, Florida law may provide a recovery of punitive damages.
A driver of a motor vehicle, including a lawnmower or golf cart (but not a horse), who is intoxicated, or stoned with drugs (prescribed or illicit) and who injure someone else by their recklessness, may be obligated to pay their victims elevated penalties in a civil lawsuit.
Bars & Taverns
While the law protects bars, taverns and package stores in most circumstances, their decision to serve someone under the legal drinking age or to continue serving an obviously intoxicated patron may allow a victim to bring a claim.
With few exceptions, social hosts furnishing their guests of legal age are typically immunized by Florida law.
If you have been injured in an accident involving an intoxicated or distracted driver, please contact me to discuss your options.
Automobiles & Trucks
Airplane and Airline
Motorcycles, Bicycles & ATVs
Dangerous Drugs &
Unsecured Vicious Animals