The most expensive drink you can ever buy is undoubtedly the one that pushed you towards a DUI. Despite efforts to increase awareness and strict laws against drinking and driving, it continues to remain a huge problem in the United States. While we understand the financial implications of a DUI, not many know the hidden costs associated with drunk driving. Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer Jarrett Blakeley lists some for you:
• The Financial Cost:
The financial cost is the most significant and obvious impact of a DUI. Even if you successfully manage to fight a DUI, you will still have to pay for legal fees and other expenses. These include funds necessary to secure a bond, lost wages, expenses incurred when taking a taxi or Uber, fees for a review hearing to fight for administrative suspension, counseling fees, evaluation follow up fees, fines, etc. You will have to pay for impounding the vehicle if you’ve entered a plea for a DUI. A DUI conviction also involves paying for the ignition interlock device and the fees for an additional driver license reinstatement.
• The Emotional Cost:
Drunk driving not only hurts the offender, but affects innocent pedestrians, fellow passengers, and other drivers. While accidents may result in death, almost all accident survivors experience symptoms of PTSD. This could include experiencing flashbacks of the event, trouble focusing, etc. Some people become very sensitive to surrounding sound or even experience flashes of anger.
• Other Hidden Costs:
You will have to pay increased insurance premiums because of a DUI, for health insurance, life insurance, and auto insurance. A DUI conviction doesn’t sit well with employers who are likely to perceive you as reckless—you could even lose your job if it involves driving.
If you or a loved one has suffered because of drunk driving, DUI accident lawyer Jarrett Blakeley can help you file a claim for compensation.