Drunk driving is one of the most dangerous things someone can do while behind the wheel of a car. And in fact, the statistics reflect this with 676 deaths this year in Florida alone due to drunk and drugged driving. These represented about 28% of all fatal traffic accidents across the state.
It is for good reason, then, that the State of Florida makes drunk and drugged driving illegal. Any time a driver gets behind the wheel of a car with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or greater, they are driving drunk. Additionally, whenever someone is under the influence of any amount of illegal drugs, they are in violation of the same law. Even in cases in which a person is taking prescription medication, they may still be found to be liable if that medication influences their ability to safely drive the vehicle they are operating.
Not only is intoxicated driving illegal, but it may also be the basis of a civil lawsuit for monetary damages. Accident victims of drunk driving crashes can file a lawsuit against the drunk driver, seeking compensation for their medical expenses, time away from work, and any pain and suffering they endured as a result of the accident. These lawsuits, called negligence lawsuits, are common in drunk driving situations.
To be successful in a negligence lawsuit, the accident victim must be able to show that the other driver’s negligence was the cause of their injuries. This is most effectively done by enlisting a dedicated South Florida personal injury attorney.
Woman Arrested After Striking Taxi Driver in Miami Beach
Earlier this month in Miami Beach, one man was hospitalized after he was struck by a passing motorist as he was getting out of his car. According to one local news report covering the accident, the collision occurred at around 5:30 in the morning on Collins Avenue, near 38th Street.
Evidently, the grey SUV that the woman was driving flipped onto its side after the initial collision. As police and emergency crews turned the vehicle upright, they noticed that partially full bottles of alcohol had fallen from the vehicle. Police also noticed the driver’s eyes were blood-shot, her speech slurred, and her reactions slow. They administered a series of field-sobriety tests, which she failed, and then arrested the woman on charges of Driving Under the Influence.
Have You Been Injured in a South Florida DUI Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a South Florida DUI accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation to help you cover the costs associated with being involved in the accident. The skilled car accident attorneys at the South Florida personal injury law firm of Cecere Santana Castrillon have years of experience handling drunk driving cases, and we have a successful track record as well. Don’t let an insurance company tell you what your claim is worth. Consult an attorney who will have only your best interests in mind. Call 800-753-5529 to set up a free consultation today.
More Blog Posts:
Alcohol-Related Accidents on Florida Roads, Cecere Santana Castrillon Injury Lawyers Blog, published January 14, 2016.
The Lasting Effects of Serious Auto Accident Injuries, Cecere Santana Castrillon Injury Lawyers Blog, published January 7, 2016.