The Orlando Sentinel reported a 24 -year-old Pinellas County man died in a crash the FHP say may have been alcohol-related. The collision happened near the University of Central Florida on Nov. 13, 2013 around 2 a.m. The deceased was a passenger in a Ford truck driven by a 23-year-old man who was speeding and lost control while trying to negotiate a curve. Reports said the vehicle crashed into an oak tree on Worchester Drive, in Orlando.
Three other passengers, also Pinellas County residents, were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. The truck’s driver was treated for minor injuries at Florida Hospital East. The crash remains under investigation.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), thirty-nine percent of all Florida roadway fatalities in 2012 involved an impaired driver. Driving under the influence (DUI) is a completely voluntary choice. Anyone who drives impaired places passengers in their vehicle and innocent people on the road in grave danger. DUI is a crime and subject to criminal prosecution. A personal injury claim may also be brought against a drunk driver and their insurance company to obtain financial compensation for injuries and losses suffered by others involved in a collision.
It is important an accident victim speak with a knowledgeable attorney who is able to make a negligence determination. If negligence is proven, victims and survivors could pursue a financial claim against the driver to cover medical bills, funeral costs, damages and pain and suffering related to the accident.
Clearwater Florida personal injury attorney Jim Dodson has been helping clients hold negligent drivers responsible for their wrong doing for over two decades and is committed to working for a fair and just financial settlement. For a complimentary case review, contact Jim today at 888-207-0905.