The Miami Herald reported today that a Palm Beach County court sentenced a woman to 20 years in prison for a South Florida DUI car accident that killed two construction workers and injured a third.
Police report that the woman was intoxicated to the extent of not being able to walk after the accident. They further report that her blood alcohol level following the crash was .235 percent, nearly three times the legal limit.
Tampa Bay Online reports that a man who raced away after a police traffic stop and then caused a Florida car accident with a Tampa police officer last month was arrested today after blood analysis showed he was operating a car while under the influence. The officer was injured in the accident.
In the above Miami and Tampa cases, the victims and their families should also be able to file negligence and wrongful death claims respectively against the defendants. In the Miami case,Florida Statute 768.18 should allow the surviving family members to make a claim for damages for the loss of their loved ones. In the Tampa accident case, the injured police officer will be able to file a claim for negligence against the driver’s insurance policy for his pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills. Should the officer’s attorney and the defendant’s insurance company be unable to reach a settlement, the officer through his attorney will be able to file a law suit asking a court and jury to award him compensation for his injuries.