South Florida car accidents caused by drunk drivers are a major threat to the safety and welfare of motorists. Fully one-third of the 2,978 fatal Florida car accidents that occurred in 2008 were caused by a drunk driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, hiring an experienced Boca Raton car accident lawyer is critical to protecting your rights and the financial well-being of you and your family.
In 2008, a total of 1,041 people were killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents in Florida. Only California and Texas recorded more traffic fatalities involving alcohol. To put that figure in perspective, Florida had as many drunk driving traffic deaths as the combined total of Alaska, District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont and Wyoming.
Drunk driving is a senseless act; Mothers Against Drunk Driving calls it the most frequently committed violent crime in America.
In this case, the two young women, both 23, were enjoying a girls’ night out when the defendant failed to stop for a red light at West Palmetto Park Road and I-95. His vehicle plowed in the women’s Mercedes Benz, killing both victims. The defendant, who had a previous DUI conviction, had a blood-alcohol level of .12, over Florida’s limit of .08, and investigators said he had been drinking at a bar before the accident.
He was sentenced to 15 years each for two DUI manslaughter charges, as well as 5 years each on two charges of DUI causing serious bodily injury.