Drunk Driving Accident: Can I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

December 12, 2014

There is no excuse for drunk driving. If you have been drinking, there are multiple transportation options available to you, including city buses, taxis and designated drivers.

Sadly, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), in 2012, there were 697 drunk driving fatalities in Florida, representing 29 percent of all traffic deaths. The organization also reported that there were 12,016 alcohol related vehicle accident injuries, and more than 53,600 DUI arrests made that year.

Remember, if you are involved in a drunk driving accident, not only can you face criminal charges, but also if you injure or kill another person, you could face a civil lawsuit.

Tragically, on November 27, a St. Petersburg couple was killed in an alleged drunk driving accident. According to Trib Total Media, Douglas Simpson, 64, and Christina Simpson, 53, were returning home from a Thanksgiving celebration when a car driven by Anthony A. Neeley, 31, of Seminole, crashed into their vehicle.

Trib Total Media reported that Neeley was driving at more than 100 miles per hour just before the collision and that he hit another vehicle prior to striking the Simpson car. He was charged with drunk driving manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash, driving without insurance and driving with a license for business purposes only.

Police told Trib Total Media that Neeley’s blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Can I File a Lawsuit If a Drunk Driver Kills My Loved One?

Your family should not have to suffer because a drunk driver has killed your loved one. Through a wrongful death lawsuit, you can seek damages related to lost income, mental anguish and pain and suffering. You can also seek damages related to burial fees and costs for medical care provided to your loved one prior to his or her death.

Drunk driving is unacceptable. The damages incurred because of alcohol related accidents totals millions of dollars every year. Do not let your love one’s death go uninvestigated. Our attorneys pursue civil action against drunk drivers.

Did You Know? According to MADD, in 2012, there were more than 28,600 DUI convictions in Florida.

Source: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/7266670-74/skarvelis-driving-police#axzz3KkjSkNwA

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