Law enforcement officers crack down on traffic safety over Memorial Day Weekend. They tend to do this with the expected increase in traffic, and unfortunately with the expected increase of drunk drivers on Florida roads. Follow along to find out why auto accidents commonly occur over the holiday weekend and how a proficient Pasco County, Florida car accident lawyer at Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq. can help you navigate this unfortunate situation.
Why do drunk driving accidents commonly occur over Memorial Day Weekend?
The fact of the matter is that Memorial Day Weekend festivities are commonly centered around alcohol consumption. With this, individuals under the influence may negligently forego a ride-sharing service and instead get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Ultimately, this is when drunk driving accidents occur, where drivers may be held liable in a personal injury claim on top of facing criminal charges.
An important law that must be specially recognized during Memorial Day Weekend is Florida’s dram shop law. This law holds that restaurant or bar employees must refuse service to patrons who are visibly intoxicated or who are below the legal drinking age of 21. This is because a failure to do so may increase the chances of a drunk driving accident occurring. Ultimately, this may leave the restaurant or bar liable in a third-party claim.
What other auto accidents commonly occur over Memorial Day Weekend?
While drunk driving accidents are the most common type of auto accident to occur over Memorial Day Weekend, there may be different circumstances surrounding yours. Nonetheless, another driver may have made you a victim of serious injuries and damages if any of the following apply:
- Another driver was drowsy or fatigued while operating a motor vehicle.
- Another driver was making illegal maneuvers while operating a motor vehicle.
- Another driver was texting or navigating a GPS while operating a motor vehicle.
- Another driver was facing and conversing with rowdy passengers while operating a motor vehicle.
What damages can I recover from my claim?
Whether you file a personal injury claim or a third-party claim, you have the possibility of recovering a significant amount of financial compensation. Such financial compensation should aid in the process of healing your injuries and damages. For example, you may recover economic damages like lost wages, medical bills, and/or car repair bills. Or, you may recover non-economic damages like pain and suffering, loss of consortium, or loss in quality of life.
Though, there is no doubt that you will need a great deal of evidence to support your claim that you incurred these damages. It should go without saying that you must consult with a talented Pasco County, Florida auto accident lawyer immediately. Give us a call whenever you can.