Those who take their chances and decide to get behind the wheel after drinking face a high probability of being pulled over and arrested or, worse yet, involved in a deadly car crash. Across Florida, the vast majority of DUI-related fatalities occur on Friday or Saturday, with most accidents taking place between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Every 53 minutes, a drunk driver kills someone, and every 90 seconds someone is injured in a drunken driving accident. These statistics are frightening for anyone who drives, especially daily commuters in Fort Lauderdale or Miami. The majority of these crashes occur at high speeds and with reckless negligence, leading to horrific injuries and catastrophic long-term consequences. The legal BAC limit in Florida is 0.08%, and the cost of a first offense DUI, including costs of legal defense, fines, and auto insurance increases, averages about $8,000 over a three-year period. To cover all the injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and even punitive damages that come with an auto accident could be a very difficult event from which to recover.
At the Florida-based law offices of David I. Fuchs, our Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer represents drivers who have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or hazardous driving activity while drinking and driving. If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one, contact attorney David Fuchs to discuss how best to handle your case.