Florida Drunk Driving Car Accidents
As South Florida car accident attorneys we understand that drunk driving is a rather common occurrence that often has deadly or life-changing consequences. Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported that in 2010 there were 17,748 crashes in the state that involved alcohol. This included over 3,000 incidents in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Accidents caused by drunk drivers are difficult to avoid because the drunk driver is not operating the vehicle in a safe manner. In these circumstances the accident is not caused by the carelessness of a driver, but rather by driving the vehicle in a state in which one does not possess all of his/her faculties.
As Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys we are aware that drunk drivers are a danger to all others on the road regardless of whether they are just above the legal limit or so intoxicated that they black-out. Drinking can seriously impair driving capabilities and leads to slowed reaction, slowed braking, poor coordination, and impaired judgment and vision. Impaired drivers often speed, fail to obey traffic laws, and drive unpredictably. This leads to drunk drivers running red lights and stop signs, swerving and driving outside of the lane, and side-swiping or crashing into other vehicles.
Although drunk drivers cause many accidents in South Florida, it is often the other party who ends up injured as a result of the negligent actions. Alcohol related accidents can lead to serious injuries including brain and spinal cord injuries, broken bones, disfigurement, or even wrongful death. South Florida is an area where drunk driving occurs with frequency due to its many bars, night clubs, casinos, and other entertainment venues. The fact that distances between these entertainment areas and residential can be large is not helpful as it pertains to reducing the occurrence of DUIs. It is also of no help that public transportation is very limited as well.
Under Florida law, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) can be proved by 1) an unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or over, or 2) impairment of normal faculties. The consequences of a conviction are serious with a first offense resulting in a fine between $500 and $1,000 and imprisonment up to 6 months. If a minor was in the vehicle, the alcohol level was .15+, or this was not the first conviction for the offense- then the penalties can be even more severe. See more information on Florida DUI laws here.
When police arrive to the scene of an alcohol-related accident the negligent driver's alcohol level should be documented by officers. Drunk driver lawsuits can be much more complicated than they appear and it is imperative that you obtain legal counsel if you have been injured by a drunk driver. People can drink responsibly, but a drunk behind the wheel is a danger to everyone.
Miami-Dade car accident lawyers are to help you. If you have been involved in an alcohol-related crash in Miami you should contact DRG Firm. We have the experience and knowledge to help you collect the damages you are owed. We are here to assist you 24/7 and we won’t charge you unless we recover. For a free consultation call us at (888) 413-8353.