According to MADD, on average, one person is killed in a drunk driving crash every 53 minutes and one person is injured every two minutes across the nation. Thousands of people are injured or fatally wounded yearly in Florida alone. Drunk driving accidents can seriously harm you and your loved ones. If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, represent your interests and fight for just compensation with the help of a skilled Clearwater auto accident attorney from the firm.
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Accidents caused by drinking and driving often result in severe injury and high levels of damage.
A person who is injured in a drunk driving accident may be saddled with very expensive medical bills. The injuries that result from these damaging collisions are often catastrophic and could require surgery, physical therapy, rehabilitation, medication, and the use of medical devices to treat.
Medical bills are usually the most significant damages that result from drunk driving accidents, but there are a variety of other damages an injury victim may have after a collision. This may include travel expenses, the costs of being unable to work, and noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering.
Drunk driving accidents can be fatal. In these cases, the victim’s family would be responsible for any remaining medical bills and funeral costs. People who are close to the victims of drunk driving accidents also sustain immeasurable noneconomic damages resulting from the grief and stress caused by the collision.
Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs is against the law. Therefore, personal injury claims related to drunk driving accidents can coincide with criminal proceedings. The civil personal injury case and the criminal case may not impact each other, although the conviction of a drunk driver could strengthen the case of an injury victim.
A person who drives drunk in Florida may face time in jail, financial penalties, license suspension, and/or the installation of an ignition interlock device, even following the first offense. The consequences of driving drunk will likely increase if injuries result, and are usually more severe if the incident is a second, third, or subsequent offense.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ (FDHSMV) “Traffic Crash Facts Annual Report 2017,” there were 402,385 car accidents in the state of Florida that year. Of those collisions, 5,125 were confirmed to involve alcohol.
Here are some other statistics about drunk driving accidents in Florida:
Our Florida drunk driving accident attorney is dedicated to helping the victims of DUI collisions recover compensation. Our firm understands the extensive damages that result from drunk driving collisions, and is prepared to help you get the coverage you deserve.
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