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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.