If you were injured by a drunk driver, then you should consider whether you can seek compensation. Driving while intoxicated is against the law, but it is also a civil wrong deserving of compensation. At Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein, our team has successfully brought multiple claims for drunk driving car accidents. Contact us today to review your individual case.
Fact #1: Nearly 5,000 Drunk Driving Accidents Occurred in Florida in 2019
The latest statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles show that in 2019 the state saw:
- 4,939 collisions involving a driver impaired by alcohol only
- 368 fatalities from alcohol-only impaired collisions
- 3,021 injures from these accidents
Accidents involving impairment due to drugs are also significant. 2019 saw 696 of these types of accidents, resulting in 360 fatalities and 614 injuries. With recreational use of marijuana increasing, we anticipate more collisions and, unfortunately, fatalities due to impairment.
Some drivers were impaired by both alcohol and drugs. They accounted for 389 collisions, 314 fatalities, and 294 injuries. All of these numbers are subject to revision, though they will probably only increase.
Fact #2: There Were More than 20 Fatalities in Miami-Dade County
Miami-Dade was not immune to drunk driving accidents. Our county saw the following number of fatalities in 2019:
- 22 from alcohol-only impaired accidents
- 5 from drugs-only impaired accidents
- 9 from drugs-and-alcohol impaired accidents
Fact #3: A Driver Can Be Impaired Regardless of their BAC
Florida law identifies a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 as impaired (for adult drivers). But the law also identifies that a person can be convicted if they are under the influence of alcohol and their “normal faculties are impaired.”
In a civil action for negligence, our attorneys only need to show that a driver did not operate their vehicle with reasonable care.
Fact #4: A Victim Can Receive Compensatory Damages
A civil suit gives a victim the chance to receive compensation for their injuries. Our clients can receive money for property damage, medical care, and lost wages. They can also receive money to cover the pain and suffering, along with any emotional distress, that they are experiencing.