Two motorists in two separate vehicles had to be taken to hospitals in the Tampa area after a very serious recent accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA has launched a nationwide ad campaign against drugged driving that is scheduled to run through Labor Day.
In Hillsborough County, throughout Florida and across the United States, drunk drivers are a major cause of motor vehicle crashes. Traffic safety experts implicate drunk driving in a large percentage of all accidents, and the behavior is the second leading cause of traffic deaths after speeding. Every year, thousands of people are killed by drunk drivers on the nation's roads.
Legal protections are available to victims of drunk driving accidents. In a Northern Florida community, a 39-year-old man was recently arrested following a drunk driving accident that left several victims injured. The man is facing DUI charges, as well as other charges. According to reports, the two vehicles involved were travelling in opposite directions when the victim's vehicle initiated a left-hand turn and the vehicle driven by the drunk driver collided with it. The drunk driver ran from the scene of the accident.
There are serious consequences for driving while impaired which includes driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. The consequences for a drunk driving accident can extend well beyond criminal consequences to include civil liability to victims injured or otherwise harmed by the careless actions of a drunk driver. Victims of drunk driving accidents have legal remedies to help them recover compensation for the harm they have suffered in a drunk driving accident.
It is a sad reality that in many cases, a drunk driver is also a driver who either does not carry automobile insurance at all or has only the minimum coverage which is no where near enough to pay compensation to victims after the intoxicated driver causes serious injuries in a car accident.
Drunk driving is not only a criminal activity, it is a negligent behavior that can negatively impact innocent people. A recent incident in the Tampa area illustrated this danger when a drunk driver collided with a vehicle containing several children. The impact left three kids with injuries.
With New Year's Eve approaching, it is a good idea for Tampa area residents to remind themselves of the importance of driving sober. If people are planning to have some fun on the last day of the year, they should remember to get a designated driver.
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.
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.