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Driving Under The Influence and Injuries

Posted in Car Accident Law,Fatal DUI Car Accident,News,Personal Injury on January 1, 2014

A motorcyclist was killed last month when an intoxicated driver hit his bike from behind at a high speed, accident attorneys in Fort Lauderdale report. The victim, 58, was coming from Coral Springs to Martin County to act as an escort for several World War II veterans traveling to the Palm Beach International Airport. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 24-year-old woman who caused the accident had a blood alcohol content of nearly three times the legal limit when she hit the man’s motorcycle near Donald Ross Road, on Interstate 95. Police charged her with DUI manslaughter.

In Florida last year, more than 61,800 people were arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These arrests resulted in an alarming number of fatalities—697 people died last year as a result of a drunk driver’s actions. These statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) emphasize the problem of drinking and driving in Florida, and the danger to those who may be out on the road, driving responsibly. 

In car collisions where one driver’s impairment costs another person their life, accident lawyers in Ft Lauderdale recommend that the surviving family members and loved ones work to preserve their rights under the law, and consider seeking restitution from the negligent driver. Although monetary compensation cannot make up for the loss of a loved one, it can go a long way towards helping with the economic fallout of a tragic DUI accident—funeral expenses, hospital bills, and pain, suffering, and emotional distress. 

It is not necessary for the person who was driving drunk to have been apprehended or charged with a DUI in order to sue for damages or personal injury claims. Anyone driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher is in violation of the state’s drunk driving statutes, and can be considered a negligent, or even dangerous driver. Signs of impairment, such as weaving between lanes, or random stopping, are enough for law enforcement officials to pull a driver over, even if their blood alcohol content is below the legal limit. Any legal violation of the state’s DUI laws can help an injured person or someone who has suffered a loss make their case against an impaired driver. 

Because drunk drivers tend to have slower reflexes, and cannot react quickly to avoid a collision, these car accidents are more dangerous, and often result in serious injuries. Typical injuries sustained in a drunk driving crash include whiplash, bone fractures or breaks, cuts and bruises, burns, and traumatic brain injury. Any of these injuries could lead to long-term suffering, or even a drastic change in quality of life, and victims can seek financial compensation to cover the expenses these changes may incur. If a DUI accident results in the death of an innocent victim, family members can sue for wrongful death, and restitution for their suffering. 

If you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs can help. Contact David Fuchs, a personal injury and car accident attorney in Fort Lauderdale, for a free consultation today.