Drunk Driving Accidents
It’s a sad fact that alcohol is involved in almost 7% of all car crashes, and in 38% of deadly car accidents! If you’ve been hurt in a accident involving an intoxicant, you need to take immediate action. DUI related injuries are complex and can be difficult.
Are All Duis Alcohol Related?
No! DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence of an intoxicant – something that causes intoxication. Alcohol is perhaps the most common intoxicant, but there are many other intoxicants, including illegal drugs, prescription drugs, over the counter medications, paint and glue fumes, etc. And some states even consider “texting” while driving to be in roughly the same category as a DUI under the belief that texting impairs a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle properly.
Alarming Dui Accident Facts
- About 50 people are killed every day in DUI related accidents.
- About three in every 10 Americans will be involved in a DUI/DWI crash at some time in their lives.
- Almost one-third of all DUI drivers are repeat offenders.
- DUI drivers have a greater risk of involvement in a fatal crash.
- Alcohol is a factor in 38% of fatal crashes and 7% of all crashes.
- Motor Vehicle crashes account for over one-third of all deaths for people between the ages 15-20.
- Over thirty-three percent of fatal motor vehicle accidents that involved people between the ages of 15-20 involved alcohol.
- Drivers involved in fatal car crashes with the highest recorded intoxication rates by age include; 21-24 year-olds (28%), 25-34 year-olds (24%), and 35- 44 year-olds (21%).
How Common Are DUIs?
Unfortunately DUIs are very common. Every day throughout Florida law enforcement officers make dozens of DUI arrests, and not just at night time! Drivers can operate a vehicle under the influence at any time of the day or night – for instance at 12 noon a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle may be impaired by a drug prescribed by his doctor! Or someone who recently used an alcohol based mouthwash might “blow” too high on a breathalyzer test. DUI’s also can bring many severe and lasting consequences. A DUI can entail various time-consuming proceedings and result in many unwanted costs such as a suspended license, towing fees, court costs, or increased insurance rates. If you find yourself implicated in a DUI case, you do have options. You should seek qualified and skilled legal counsel from an experienced DUI attorney for your best defense in this complicated situation.
But the best possible way to avoid a DUI is to avoid driving when impaired, and pay attention to the road. Ask your doctor or pharmisist about the effect certain medications might have on your ability to operate vehicles. Do not drive after drinking or partying – the cost of a cab is dramatically cheaper than causing a DUI accident or being arrested for a DUI.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a DUI accident, you need an attorney experienced in DUI accident matters. Speak to the attorneys at the Byrne Law Group – call 813-413-6565 today for a FREE consultation. Don’t be a statistic, don’t be a victim.
Take Action Now!
If you or your loved ones have been hurt or injured in an accident throughout Florida, from Tampa to Ft. Myers, Miami to West Palm Beach, Orlando to Jacksonville, Naples to Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and Sarasota, don’t wait. Call the Byrne Law Group right now! We may be able to help. We can find you a doctor, help you get compensated for lost wages and medical bills, and fight to get you money for your time, pain and suffering. We will work with your insurance company to properly handle your claim, and prepare your case against the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Call 813-413-6565 right now for a FREE consultation to discuss your case with the Byrne Law Group’s car accident attorneys right now – take the first step toward feeling better!