The driver can be under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or legal drugs. The driver can also be behind the wheel of a car, driving a boat or even flying a plane. Florida Law (Dram Shop Act) also imposes liability on drinking establishments such as bars and taverns who serve alcohol to patrons who are already visibly or obviously intoxicated.If you are a loved one has been injured or killed due to the negligence of a drunk driver – driver driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), you can pursue civil damages in addition to criminal charges that take place in the criminal justice system.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly one-third of crash deaths involve an alcohol impaired driver. Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which has been tracking car crash statistics for a quarter of a century, the Fourth of July almost always tops the list as the deadliest weekend on our nation’s highways. Other top holidays include Halloween, Labor Day Weekend, Thanksgiving Weekend, Christmas Week, Memorial Day Weekend, New Year’s Day, Super Bowl Sunday, New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day.
The National Transportation Safety Board is always trying to find ways to reduce the number of fatalities and auto accidents. Recently the NTSB has recommended lowering the legal limit for DUI. In Florida, that would mean lowering the legal limit of .08 for one’s blood-alcohol level to .05. That could mean one drink for some individuals as it depends on a variety factors since everyone reacts differently to alcohol. This could include the number of drinks consumed, time-frame for drinking and even weight.
Remember it is never okay to drink and drive. If you have or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a drunk driver or someone under the influence of drug or alcohol, let us help you seek justice. Contact the attorneys of Farmer, Jaffe Weissing today.