Is Drunk Driving an Issue in Florida?

If you follow our blog, you know that we often speak out about the dangers of drunk driving. Photo of drink

Keep in mind, if you decide to drink and drive and someone is injured or killed in a car accident, you can be held liable. There are many ways to avoid drunk driving, including having a sober ride or designated driver.

Sadly, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in 2014, there were 676 fatal drunk driving accidents in Florida, representing 28.1 percent of all traffic deaths. Additionally, there were 40,677 driving under the influence of alcohol arrests made. These numbers are unacceptable, as drunk driving is completely avoidable.

A Tragic Orange County Drunk Driving Accident

Unfortunately, according to the Orlando Sentinel, a man was killed on January 11 after a woman driving a black BMW hit the back of his Toyota, causing him to crash into a wall on Winter Garden Vineland Road near Lake Buena Vista.

State troopers told the newspaper that the woman operating the BMW did not stay at the crash scene. However, she was later found, with two other passengers in her vehicle, at which time it was discovered she was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. The woman, Gina Estrada, 30, of New York, was reportedly charged with leaving the scene of a crash with injury or death and DUI manslaughter.

Can I Contact an Attorney About a Drunk Driving Accident?

If you contact our law office following a drunk driving accident, we can help you recover compensation for pain and suffering, as well as injury treatment like physical therapy and rehabilitation. Additionally, if your loved one has died, you can pursue a wrongful death case.

Contact our office today for more information. We hold negligent drivers liable for any injuries or deaths they cause in drunk driving accidents.

Did You Know? In 2014, 26,291 people were criminally convicted in Florida for driving under the influence of alcohol.

McBride, Scicchitano & Leacox, P.A. – Injury Attorneys  

Source: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-fatal-hit-and-run-crash-dui-orange-20150112-story.html

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