Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
While many people would never drink and drive, the statistics show that plenty of Floridians do.
- In 2014, there were 2,949 traffic accidents in Florida and 32% were alcohol-related
- In 2011, there were over 55,000 DUI arrests in Florida. 2,045 of these accidents occurred in the Tampa Bay area.
- Every year, around 10,300 people die in alcohol-related accidents across the United States
Drunk driving accidents are often fatal because of how alcohol affects people. It affects
- Reaction time
Additionally, a drunk driver may exhibit reckless behavior, like speeding or weaving between lanes. For some people, alcohol causes drowsiness. This is an added threat, as it may result in a lack of focus, or even falling asleep at the wheel.
In Florida, the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level is 0.08. For most people, it only takes a few drinks to reach the illegal level. However, since alcohol has such an adverse effect, it’s advisable to never drive after having a drink. Even one drink can be dangerous. It’s very easy to call a cab, or ask a sober friend for a ride home. Unfortunately, many people ignore this advice, and the consequences are fatal.
Oftentimes, the victims of a drunk driving crashes are occupants of other vehicles. Even the most responsible driver can become the victim of a drunk driving accident, because of the reckless choices of others.
Drunk drivers should be held accountable for their actions. A skilled DUI attorney can help. An experienced attorney may be able to seek punitive actions for the victims, or make a claim against the person or business that provided alcohol to the drunk driver.
For more answers to your questions about how to proceed after a drunk driving accident, please see our car accident FAQ.
Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes (formerly Perenich & Carroll) was founded in 1955. We are exclusively invested in helping personal injury victims— and their loved ones — win compensation and find justice. We approach every case with passion, experience, and dedication, and strive to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
If you are seeking help after a drunk driving accident, please contact us. We’ll see you through.