Every year, thousands of people in Florida and across the country are severely injured in car accidents caused by drunk drivers. In fact, drunk driving has been one of the leading causes of injury crashes for over 100 years. With the wide range of advances in driving technology, however, it may be possible to stop drunk drivers and seriously cut down on the number of catastrophic crashes. One automaker is installing technology that aims to eliminate drunk driving without relying on breath test technology.
According to a recent study, about 12 million people over the age of 16 admitted that they had driven while under the influence of marijuana at least once during the calendar year 2018. Additionally, 2 million people admitted to driving under the influence of other illegal drugs.
It probably would not take statistics to demonstrate to Florida residents that drunk driving is rather common around the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
Several posts on this blog have discussed how, in some cases, an injured victim in the Tampa Bay area can recover punitive damages after the victim has suffered an injury in a car accident. A review of punitive damage in Florida may therefore be helpful.
Hearing on the news, or through the grapevine, that anyone has been injured in a car accident is certainly hard to hear. However, when car accident fatalities happen, this is another level of tragedy. Such was the case when a mother, father and child were killed in a hit and run car accident. This happened back in 2017 and the criminal case has just announced sentencing for the accused.
Last month this Florida-based personal injury blog published a post on the effects that drinking has on the human body. Alcohol can cause a variety of changes in the body in a relatively short amount of time, from impacting the way that a person judges distance and time, to decreasing their inhibitions and making them more likely to take risks. When put together, the effects of alcohol on the human body make driving a dangerous activity to do when drunk.
Individuals in Florida who have legally consumed alcoholic beverages may understand the effects that the substance has on the human body. Alcohol can change individuals' perceptions and can influence how they make decisions. It should come as no surprise to Florida residents, then, that alcohol can have a major effect on how safely and effectively individuals can drive their cars when they are under the influence.
Not long ago this blog published a post regarding the effects of alcohol on a driver's body and the amount of alcohol that it takes for them to be intoxicated. While everyone responds to alcohol differently, alcohol generally dulls a driver's senses, impacts their coordination, and reduces their reactivity, thus rendering them unprepared to respond to road changes.
Earlier this year, Florida repealed its ban on smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes. This may mean that more people will be using smokable marijuana than before the repeal. While this might not seem like such a big deal to some, when it comes to operating an automobile, a drugged driver can be just as dangerous as a drunk driver.
Most people in Florida understand that drunk driving is dangerous. If they cause a drunk driving accident, they could end up injuring innocent people.