Being struck and injured by a drunk driver is one of the worst things a Gainesville resident may ever go through. From the physical trauma and pain of injuries to the financial fallout from a wreck, the damages can be extensive. Typically, victims of car accidents would sue the negligent or reckless drivers who injured them in DUI accidents. However, in Florida, the state's "no fault" law alters this course of action for many victims.
In Florida, a person's ability to successfully sue another driver depends on the extent of the plaintiff's injuries as well as the insurance coverage of each driver. Florida is a "no fault" state, which means that each motorist is covered by his or her own auto insurance. A driver, then, often cannot sue another driver when an accident occurs. However, there are exceptions to this general rule. One prominent exception is when injuries stem directly from the crash - particularly, significant injuries that bring forth the likelihood of pain and suffering in the future.