Each year, about 25,000 Americans are killed in accidents caused by a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In the U.S, there is an average of one DUI-related death every half hour. In Florida, more than half of all fatal accidents involve an impaired driver.
A Florida driver is considered to be under the influence of alcohol if his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 or greater. Numerous studies have shown that a BAC of .01 is enough to impair driving and cause a West Palm Beach traffic accident. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the average BAC of a driver arrested for DUI is .2 percent, more than twice the legal limit.
If you are on the road between 7 pm and 3 am, the NHTSA estimates that one out of every ten drivers is impaired by drugs or alcohol. Florida car accidents involving drugs or alcohol are five times more likely to occur at night.
While Florida has strict DUI laws, people still drink and drive. A driver who causes a DUI car accident in West Palm Beach will face criminal charges. But the fines and jail time do little to help the victims of the accident. Florida DUI injury victims are often left with medical bills, lost wages, permanent disability, pain and suffering, and in some cases, funeral expenses.
Those who have been injured or lost a loved one to a drunk driver in West Palm Beach have the right to seek compensation and accountability for their losses through a personal injury lawsuit or Florida wrongful death claim. A Palm Beach wrongful death attorney can help.
Do you have questions? To learn more about injury lawsuits, request a free copy of The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim. If you would like to discuss your claim with a Palm Beach wrongful death attorney, please contact David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.