Drunk driving accidents a public health threat in Boca Raton, Fort Myers

The Sun Sentinel reports the man who killed a Plantation woman in a drunk driving accident finally pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges recently. Boca Raton personal injury lawyers continue to see far too many accidents caused by drunk driving.

Drunk driving accidents in Fort Myers, Naples and Boca Raton continue to be a leading cause of death on our South Florida roadways. Driving under the influence continues to be a public health threat that takes so many lives in senseless tragedies each and every day.

The Examiner reports that the drunk driver was driving the wrong way on I-95 when he hit an SUV head-on. Three of the five passengers in the SUV were thrown from the car. The drunk driver killed one woman and two other passengers were seriously injured in the crash. Awaiting trial in November, the drunk driver fled to Central America after escaping from house arrest by cutting off his ankle monitor.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has reported a minimum of 770 DUI fatalities each year in Florida from 2005 to 2009. In 2009, Florida (30) was just under the national average (32) in percentage of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities with a BAC of .08 or higher when compared to total fatalities in all crashes.

When compared to the best state, Florida was almost double in the percentage of DUI fatalities for 2009. Florida reported that 21% of alcohol impaired fatalities in 2009 were when the driver was tested with a BAC of .15 or higher.

WPBF reports the drunk driver in this case was tested and recorded to have a BAC level of .14 at the time of the accident, almost double the legal limit in our state. He has pleaded guilty to one charge of DUI manslaughter and six other DUI counts related to property damage and injuries to other passengers. He faces a minimum of four years in prison and will be sentenced in July.

If you plan to attend a party or gathering that involves alcohol, adhere to the following safety tips:
-Always designate a driver who promises not to drink.

-Drink plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the evening. They will make you feel full and give you less opportunity to consume alcohol.

-Give your keys to a friend so that there is no temptation to drive home later.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident in Boca Raton, Naples or Fort Myers, contact the Hollander Law Firm. To make a free appointment to discuss your rights, call 1-888-751-7770 today.