The term "driver impairment" is rather broad concept. Many people immediately associate driver impairment with the use and effect of alcohol and / or drugs. There are also other forms for driver impairment that cause or substantially contribute to causing a car accident and personal injuries. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, car accident attorney represents personal injury victims and their families across the State of Florida. David Wolf is an attorney, author, and advocate who firmly believes in Giving a Voice to Car Accident Victims and Their Families. As the author of 12 books that focus on personal injury matters, David Wolf is committed to educating his clients and the general public as the the laws, issues, and questions that commonly arise in the aftermath of a car accident case. He is the author of the book - Florida Automobile Accidents - Personal Injuries - Keyes to Protecting and Enforcing Your Legal Rights. This book has chapters on Automobile Insurance, Medical Care and Bills, Driving Under the Influence, and other topics. You can get this book for free by visiting and completing the Contact Us Page on this website.
Here are common forms of car accidents that can be deemed to be "Driver Impairment":
- Alcohol Use and Consumption;
- Drug Use and Consumption (Prescription and / or Illegal Drugs);
- Physical Impairment (Medical Conditions or Present Illness);
- Youth and Inexperienced Driving;
- Sleep Deprivation (Drowsy Driving);
- Distracted Driving (including mobile and tablet use during driving).
When a driver makes the decision to get into a vehicle and take it on the road, there is a duty to drive in a reasonable and safe manner. Driver impairment can turn an otherwise safe driver into a menace on the roads, streets, and highways. It should be noted that a claim or case can be pursued for negligence or driving impairment with or without a police investigation or arrest. Furthermore, it should be noted that there is no legal requirement to prove that a driver was impaired to pursue a case or claim for personal injuries if it can be clearly established that the driver was at fault or negligent for the crash. For example, let's say that a driver runs a red light and causes a t-bone or broadside type of crash. There are witnesses to the crash that clearly support the victim's position that the other driver ran the red light. The police arrive on the scene and issue a citation to the driver who ran the stop light. While the victim believes that the other driver may have been drinking, there was no further investigation in the form of a breath tests, blood tests, or field sobriety test by the investigating police office. Under this fact pattern, the injury victim can still pursue a case or claim for negligent or careless driving. It can be alleged that the other driver was impaired but it may be difficult to prove the part of the case. However, the case can be pursued with or without allegations of driver impairment. Certainly, if it can be established that the other driver was impaired at the time of the crash, this can be a factor to pursue a case for increased compensatory damages and punitive damages depending on other facts and circumstances.
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