Ferrari Driver Charged with DUI After Crash in Doral
A Ferrari crashed into a semi-truck in Doral early on Monday morning, February 9th. The accident left both the driver of the vehicle and the passenger injured. The semi-truck was making a right hand turn onto 25th street from 93rd Avenue when the black Ferrari collided with the cargo trailer. The driver, Jose Luis Martin, 26, refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test. Police suspect that he was intoxicated at the time of the crash. There is also evidence that Martin was speeding at the time, as the automobile’s speedometer was stuck on 75 mph when examined in the wreckage. Martin had left La Covacha nightclub with the woman passenger moments before the accident. The passenger was being treated at Kendall Regional Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Martin was also treated at Kendall Regional for his injuries, which he is expected to recover from. Martin has been charged with DUI involving bodily injury.
The plethora of nightlife options make drunk driving all too common in South Florida. Accidents caused by drunk drivers can result in serious injuries and even death. The direct effects of such accidents can lead to brain injuries, lumbar and spinal issues, and fractures among other maladies. Extensive medical bills are also a by-product of these unfortunate accidents.
A DUI resulting in bodily injury is almost always a felony and those who are convicted face serious penalties. Speaking with a DUI attorney about your case as quickly as possible following an incident can help you to avoid making costly mistakes.
In order to prove liability in an auto accident claim, four elements must be established: 1) duty; 2) breach; 3) causation; and 4) damages. It must first be shown that the defendant owed a duty to drive responsibly and safely. Secondly, it must be shown that the defendant’s actions were in fact a breach of that duty. Driving under the influence, as referenced above, is a good example of a breach of the duty a defendant might owe to a victim to drive responsibly. Once the Izquierdo Law Firm can establish that there was indeed a duty owed to the victim and that the duty was breached, negligence is established. However, in order to recover for the defendant’s negligence, it must also be proven that there were actual damages and that the defendant’s negligence actually caused the damages. Many times, an insurance company will try to allege that the injuries caused were pre-existing and not actually caused by the defendant’s negligence. The insurance companies do this in order to avoid liability. At the Izquierdo Law Firm, we work closely with medical experts in order to prove that the injuries caused were in fact due to the negligence of the defendant as opposed to a pre-existing injury sustained by the victim prior to the accident.
When an accident results in the serious injury of you or a loved one, consulting an experienced attorney who can properly apprise you of your rights is invaluable. Auto insurance companies have lawyers on their side, but who is looking out for your interests? At the Izquierdo Law Firm, our experienced team can help you navigate the process and ensure that your rights are protected. Call us today for a free consultation.