The Fort Myers News-Press reported the 23-year-old driver of a SUV suffered fatal injuries in a crash early on Sunday morning, Nov. 17th. The driver and three passengers in his vehicle were traveling on Estero Boulevard when he allegedly failed to negotiate a curve. The SUV collided into a road sign before striking two concrete walls and bursting into flames.
The driver was airlifted to the burn unit at a local hospital where he died of his injuries. Three teenage passengers were taken to area hospitals. Two teens were listed in critical condition at the time of the report. The other passenger was released with a hip injury. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver was speeding and had a blood alcohol content of 0.194 at the time of the crash. This is more than double Florida’s legal limit.
Drunk driving is a crime and subject to criminal prosecution. When anyone chooses to drink and drive, they place their passengers and everyone else on the road at risk for serious injury and even death. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) reported that 2,255 people were killed in Florida drunk driving crashes in 2012.
A passenger who’s been injured by riding with a drunk driver may have a claim against the DUI driver for the injuries he or she suffered in the crash.
Fort Myers car accident injury attorney Jim Dodson has been representing the victims and survivors of serious collisions caused by drunk drivers for over 25 years. For help understanding your rights call Jim today at 888-207-0905.