Nearly one-third of vehicle crash deaths involve an alcohol impaired driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.
According to Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) records there were 33,625 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) convictions in Florida in 2011. Of the 55,722 DUI tickets issued in Florida in 2011, there were 1,561 convictions in Palm Beach County, 958 convictions in Broward County and 2,274 convictions in Miami-Dade County.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the most deadly weekends and holidays for driving, boating or flying under the influence include:
In addition to alcohol impairment (DUI/DWI), drivers may also get behind the wheel each day with illegal substances in their system, which greatly impairs their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. While other car and truck drivers choose to operate a motor vehicle while on prescription medications, even though they have been instructed by their physician or doctor not to do so.
Impaired driving doesn’t have to happen just behind the wheel of a car, truck or motorcycle. Many states also have laws regarding boating under the influence (BUI), boating while intoxicated (BWI), flying under the influence (FUI) or piloting under the influence. Vehicle can also include farm machinery, lawn mowers, horse-drawn carriages and bicycles.
UI/DWI/BUI accident victims have legal rights to seek civil compensation (compensatory damages and punitive damages) and or wrongful death claims for harm caused by drunk drivers in addition to criminal charges that may take place in the criminal justice system. 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 or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, boating accident or plane accident involving a driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, our firm may be able to help you. Contact us today for a free consultation at (954) 524-2820.
We have handled hundreds of car, truck accident cases and have achieved numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. Our consultations with potential drunk driving accidents victims are free. If we take your case, we are only paid fees and costs of suit if we succeed in winning a recovery for you. We advance the costs of your case, too, so there’s no cost to you of bringing your lawsuit or claim.