One of the biggest reasons that people get into accidents is because of drinking and driving. Because a drunk driver acts so erratically, it’s easy to get caught up in a wreck with one. As personal injury lawyers in Miami, we see situations like this happen all the time.
A lady, JA, was driving her Hyundai. Her blood alcohol level was at least three times the legal limit allowed by the State of Florida. She was automatically impaired, and she should not have been behind the wheel of a car. She ran a red light in Miami-Dade county, crashing hard into another vehicle, killing the driver.
Not only that, but the force of the impact spun the two vehicles into a third vehicle. JA and the driver of the third vehicle were not severely injured, but the driver of the car that received the most impact died.
Drunk driving accidents are wholly preventable.
But, even though they are completely preventable, there are some drivers who feel the need to take the wheel into their own hands. The State of Florida is taking some measures to prevent drivers from getting the behind the wheel, like instituting interlock devices, but drunk drivers are getting out there and endangering innocent people.
Here are some telling stats from MADD’s National Website
- Every two minutes, someone is involved in a drunk driving crash.
- On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
- 50-75% of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.
- Every day in America, 27 people die as a result of drunk driving.
- Drunk driving costs the United States $132 billion dollars each year.
- The average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before his arrest.
- There is nothing you can do except for wait for the drunk to go away. Alcohol metabolizes at about one shot per hour. Coffee and other crazy methods won’t help you.
- Each day, people drive drunk over 300,000 times, but only 3,200 are arrested.
- About 3 times as many male were arrested for drunk driving as females in 2014.
Apparently, there was some suspicion that the driver of the vehicle was impaired when she was brought into the hospital. Her blood alcohol level tested at .225, which is significantly above the legal limit of intoxication in Florida.
Our thoughts go out to the family of the driver who was hit and killed on the Miami roads.
You should seek representation from a personal injury attorney in Miami if you believe that your accident was caused as a result of impairment. Our personal injury team is here for you. If you’ve been involved in a DUI accident that wasn’t your fault or a family member was a victim of wrongful death as a result of DUI, give us a call. We’ve got over 90 years of combined experience working with people in these types of situations and we can help you. But we can’t help you until you call us for your free consultation.