Prior to 2012, fatal DUI crashes were decreasing in the U.S. In 2012, a drastic 4.6% increase in deadly drunk driving wrecks was reported by Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD) President, Jan Withers. The same year, MADD reported 29% of all Florida accident-related fatalities were caused by DUI motorists. Had the drivers involved in these crashes not made the selfish decision to get behind the wheel of car, all 697 deaths could have been prevented.
Unfortunately, a Floridian lost his life due to the poor choices of a drunk motorist shortly before 10 p.m. on Wednesday night. The news reported a 26-year-old intoxicated driver struck two construction workers before colliding into another vehicle on U.S. 41 in Port Charlotte.
Sadly, the impact of the crash caused the death of a 22-year-old worker and injured the DUI driver’s 6-year-old child, a passenger in the car. After the crash, the drunk motorist reportedly claimed he “didn’t see the vehicle or the men.” The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) arrested the driver, who was almost three times over the legal driving limit of 0.08.
If your loved one was injured or killed in a crash caused by a drunk driver, you possibly have many questions about your rights. To understand what these are and get answers in the privacy of your own home, request our free Florida DUI Victim Guide. Of course, if you want to discuss what happened personally, just call. There is never any charge for having your questions answered.