Drunk driving is illegal in all 50 states in the U.S., including in Florida. This is understandable because driving under the influence may contribute to a motor vehicle accident.
Recently, a 54-year-old man was involved in a fatal motorcycle crash. The incident happened on US 41, near Tampa, Florida. According to sources, a 55-year-old woman, who was driving a sports utility vehicle, allegedly struck the man. The man was riding his motorcycle at the time. The Florida Highway Patrol stated that the motor vehicle dragged the motorcyclist for three miles after it was hit. As a result, the motorcycle rider died in the accident.
The investigators confirmed that the woman's blood-alcohol level exceeded Florida's legal limit at the time of the motorcycle accident. She was charged with DUI manslaughter in connection with the death of the motorcycle rider. The alleged drunk driver was released from jail after posting bond. However, recent reports noted that the judge revoked the Florida woman's bond. Prosecutors asserted that video evidence showed that the accused drunk driver was operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
DUI-related accidents, such as this one, may lead to criminal charges. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents, which are a result of drunk driving, can be devastating for the victims. Most cases of car-motorcycle accidents may cause a victim to sustain severe injuries. It may possibly lead to a fatality as well because of the sheer size of the passenger vehicle compared with a motorcycle. If that is the case, the driver involved may be considered negligent for causing the fatality and damages to the victims.
Fortunately, a Florida resident who has lost a loved one due to a motorcycle accident may be able to recover compensation. Through a wrongful death lawsuit, the victim's immediate family may be able to obtain relief from the financial and emotional burden caused by the crash. Compensation may also cover medical costs, loss of companionship and other accident-related expenses.
Source: Winknews.com "Judge revokes bond for woman accused in fatal DUI crash," Aug. 26, 2013