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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.

4 elements of proving negligence after a DUI accident

If you have suffered injuries in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you undoubtedly feel wronged by the situation. Drunk drivers can easily cause considerable harm to your life, and the injuries you suffered likely negatively affected you in a substantial way. In the aftermath of the accident, you may wonder whether filing a legal claim could help you work toward gaining reparations for resulting damages.

Drunk driver injures children and kills one in Florida

In a neighboring Florida community just south of Tampa, a recent drunk driving accident resulted in the death of one child and injuries to four others. Less than a month after completion of probation for driving drunk, a 37-year old drunk driver ran a stop sign and struck a vehicle full of children. A 3-year old child was killed in the drunk driving accident and four other children, including a newborn baby, were injured in the same accident. Two of the children, including the child who died, were ejected from the vehicle. Two of the surviving children were critically injured.

Drunk drivers can be liable for the harm suffered by victims

Drunk driving accidents can unexpectedly turn the lives of victims and their families upside down. For victims involved in a drunk driving accident, the consequences may be particularly serious and can result in injuries and, depending on the severity of the injuries suffered, a lifetime of challenges. In addition to the physical trauma suffered in a drunk driving accident, victims may also suffer emotional trauma.

Drunk driver in Tampa critically injures three

A recent drunk driving accident in Tampa left three people critically injured. Authorities reported the accident occurred in the early morning hours and closed one of Tampa's busiest streets. According to authorities, a drunk driver ran a red light and struck two other vehicles. The drivers of the two vehicles that were struck in the drunk driving accident, a 48-year-old man and 64-year-old woman, were in serious condition following the accident. A third victim was in critical condition following the drunk driving accident.

What protections are available to victims of drunk drivers?

If you or a family member has been injured or otherwise harmed by a drunk driver, you may wonder what legal protections are available to you. A variety of resources are available to any victim of a car accident negligently caused by another driver, including a drunk driver. Legal options can help victims of drunk driving accidents recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages oftentimes suffered in a drunk driving accident.

Man receives sentence after victim paralyzed in DUI accident

Drive driving accidents can devastate the lives of victims. In a Southern Florida courtroom, a man was recently sentenced for paralyzing a 57-year old woman in a drunk driving accident. The 31-year old man was sentenced to 12 years for the DUI, reckless driving and drug charges he was facing related to the drunk driving accident. The victim of the drunk driving accident was left a paraplegic and continues to struggle and suffer pain as a result of the drunk driving accident.

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