In 2009, Florida ranked third in the nation for drunk-driving deaths. That year, 770 Floridians lost their lives to drunk drivers, and about one-third of fatal crashes in Florida involved alcohol-impaired driving.
Alcohol slows response time, affects coordination, impairs judgment, and lowers inhibitions. When an intoxicated driver chooses to get behind the wheel, he puts the lives of everyone on the road at risk. Drivers who are intoxicated are more likely to engage in reckless driving behavior, and they are more likely to cause accidents. There are always alternatives; there is no good reason for anyone to drive drunk in Florida.
In 2009, 770 Florida families lost someone they loved because an individual made a deliberate decision to drive while intoxicated. West Palm Beach accident injury attorney David Glatthorn believes that the real tragedy of drunk driving is that every drunk-driving death is preventable. Every one of these 770 losses should not have happened.
The law recognizes that drunk driving accidents are different than other Florida motor vehicle accidents. Families of Florida drunk driving victims can seek compensation and accountability for their loss through a Florida wrongful death lawsuit.
A wrongful death refers to a death that occurs because of the negligent act or wrongdoing of another. When a driver who has been drinking chooses to get behind the wheel, he makes a deliberate decision to put others at risk. This is wrong.
A wrongful death lawsuit allows a family to seek both compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are compensation for the monetary losses caused by an accident. These include property damage, medical costs, burial costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. Punitive damages are monetary rewards designed to punish the wrongdoer. They reflect the fact that a wrongful act has occurred.
It is often the case that the drivers who cause Florida DUI deaths have a history of drunk-driving charges or convictions. While these drivers have faced the legal consequences of their actions, they did not learn from their mistakes, and the fines and prison time associated with a DUI did not change their behavior. A wrongful death lawsuit forces the drunk driver to make restitution directly to the victims.
West Palm Beach accident injury attorney David Glatthorn helps families who have lost a loved one to a Florida DUI accident. To learn more, request a free copy of The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim, or contact Mr. Glatthorn at 888-340-2620.