Spring Break, beaches, and parties go hand in hand, and every year, the warm, sunny weeks in March and April attract college students from across the country to Florida’s shores for a vacation full of fun, sun, sand, and drinking. Although there is always fun to be had on these annual vacations, the combination of partying and driving can be dangerous, especially with the influx of non-native Spring Breakers, all of whom are out to have a good time, personal injury lawyers in Florida warn.
Each year, students on Spring Break face the dangers of drinking and driving, and this year is no exception. Last month, a teen from Tennessee was charged with DUI manslaughter after he struck and killed another vacationing teen in a tragic head-on collision. The 18-year-old driver was arrested with a blood alcohol level of 0.159, almost twice the legal limit of 0.08. According to the police reports, he drove his car into the westbound lane of the road, and crashed into an oncoming vehicle. The 22-year-old driver of the second car was thrown from his vehicle and died in the hospital as a result of his injuries. Due to his high blood alcohol level, police charged the younger driver with DUI manslaughter and took him to the jail.
Another recent case involved a group of students from Duke University, who were returning back to campus after their Spring Break vacation when they were struck by a pickup truck. Two of the students sustained serious injuries, and another was killed in the crash. The driver of the pickup truck, a 25-year-old from Alabama, was driving drunk when he hit the other car, and has been charged with DUI manslaughter and DUI resulting in serious bodily injury.
The combination of drinking and driving is especially deadly on these Spring Break vacations, as most of the potentially impaired drivers are college-aged students, many of whom may be underage, and unused to such high levels of intoxication. Visiting college students may also be unfamiliar with the common roadways, and misread signs, take wrong turns, or even go the wrong way down a street. Driving after dark, when most of these parties take place, only adds to the potential for confusion and poor driving.
In Florida, Spring Break kicks off the tourist season—and with it, the number of DUI/DWI related deaths and injuries increases. Although the majority of victims injured in these drunk-driving related crashes are from out of town, personal injury lawyers in Florida recommend retaining a local lawyer for representation, one who is familiar with the state’s laws and court systems.
Despite the carefree atmosphere of a typical Spring Break party, beach-goers should be wary of the dangers that crop up each year from the combination of alcohol, drugs, and driving. At the Florida-based Law Offices of David I Fuchs, our personal injury lawyers represent anyone who has been injured, or who has lost a loved one, in a car accident involving a drunk or drugged driver. For a free consultation about your case, contact David I Fuchs today.