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We will hold 'buzzed' drivers in Florida accountable

A previous post on this blog emphasized that one need not be rip-roaring drunk in order to pose a hazard to motorist in and around the Tampa area as well as other parts of Florida. The reality is that a significant amount of alcohol in one's system is going to make it harder for that person to drive safely and avoid accidents.

How does alcohol affect one's driving?

Many Tampa area residents already know that drunk driving is dangerous behavior that can lead to devastating accidents that injure or kill innocent people. However, many Floridians never really stop to figure out how alcohol affects their ability to drive. After all, while someone who is clearly intoxicated is pretty obviously not able to drive a vehicle or, for that matter, handle any other serious task, a person who is just buzzed might on the surface seem like he or she is fine to drive.

Young mother severely injured by alleged drunk driver

A woman, who was riding as a passenger in a vehicle traveling on Interstate 275 in the Tampa area, was severely injured when another vehicle struck the car she was riding in hard in the back. Both the driver who rear-ended the vehicle and the other driver suffered what police called "minor" injuries. Unfortunately, the young woman later died from her injuries, even though she was properly restrained in the vehicle.

What's the difference between criminal and civil cases?

After drunk driving accidents, it may be very important for Tampa families to understand some of the differences between a civil and a criminal case. This is because following a drunk driving accident, the person who was intoxicated may be charged with a crime.

The basics of uninsured motorists coverage in Florida

Someone who is willing to drive on the streets of the Tampa area while they are intoxicated is probably willing to be irresponsible in other areas of their life as well. This is why many a drunk driving accident in Florida presents a special problem for victims, as the negligent driver may have not purchased liability insurance even though Florida law requires them to do so.

Getting help following a drunk driving accident

Statistically, most car accidents are caused by drunk driving, speeding or other careless or otherwise inattentive driver behavior. As a result, most accidents are preventable but, unfortunately, many drivers continue to engage in dangerous driving behaviors, causing accident. The legal process provides options and resources to victims to help hold negligent and careless drivers, such as drunk drivers, accountable and help victims recover compensation for the damages they have suffered in a drunk driving accident or other car, truck or motorcycle accident.

What is considered drunk driving in Florida?

In Florida, it is illegal to drive while impaired, but some drivers may wonder exactly what that means. The legal blood alcohol content level limit in Florida is .08, and drivers who drive with blood alcohol content level equal to or above this limit may face criminal consequences and penalties. Additionally, they may also face other legal consequences, including a claim for damages brought by the victim or victim's family for negligence. Criminal charges or citations may be used as evidence of negligence if a claim for damages is brought against the drunk driver.

How common are drunk driving accidents?

There is no question drunk driving incidents are dangerous, but you may wonder how common they are. During 2010, there were a total of 17,480 traffic accidents in Hillsborough County. A total of 1,976 of the car accidents in Hillsborough County were alcohol related. Though the number of traffic accidents is declining, of the total 21,722 traffic accidents in Hillsborough County during 2004, for example, 1,432 car accidents involved alcohol-related injuries.

Victim of drunk driver awarded $8 million in damages in Florida

This blog recently discussed the serious consequences for drunk drivers and their victims following a drunk driving accident. Such an accident is likely to generate much harm and damages, causing victims to take steps to protect their rights and recover compensation for their losses.

The civil consequences of drunk driving

There can be a variety of consequences stemming from a drunk driving accident. Victims of drunk driving incident and their families may suffer damages that are physically, financially and emotionally. Careless drivers who cause a drunk driving accident may face legal consequences including criminal consequences but may also face civil liability for the damages suffered by the victim or victim's family as a result of the accident.

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