Driver Hit with DUI Manslaughter after Fatal Car Accident in Palm Beach County

A 26-year-old driver is facing charges of DUI manslaughter after a fatal car accident in Palm Beach County. The male driver was heading south on Bercasa Way near Palmetto Park Road when he reportedly pulled into a lane of oncoming traffic and struck a motorcycle head on. The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike and was killed, according to Boca News Now.

Our Boca Raton car accident attorneys have handled too many of these horrific accidents. We tend to see an increase in these fatal accidents during the end of the year and the holiday season. Drivers forget to make responsible decisions and jump behind the wheel after drinking a few too many. Or they are in a hurry. Or distracted. These decisions oftentimes take the lives of innocent motorists. Luckily, these types of accidents are preventable with a little common sense and responsibility. As 2011 draws to an end, our message to all drivers is to please act responsibly behind the wheel.

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were more than 14,000 violations handed out by the Boca Raton City Police in 2010. More than 150 were criminal violations, nearly 9,500 were non-criminal moving violations and more than 4,900 were non-moving violations. Of these violations, more than 100 were handed out for driving under the influence. A majority of these violations could have been avoided if motorists made a more conscious effort to be safe on our roadways. The violations included DUI, reckless driving, fleeing, following too closely, failing to yield and speeding.

Although 2010 statistics illustrate that the state of Florida had its lowest mileage death rate ever, we still saw nearly 2,500 traffic accident-related fatalities on our roadways. Nearly 200,000 people were injured on our roadways during the year. Nearly 400 motorcyclists were killed in 2010 in Florida as well. Nearly 150 teens were killed on our roadways during this time.

Even with the “safest roads ever,” Florida witnessed nearly 650 accidents every single day.

“We continue every day to make our roadways a safer place for residents and visitors,” said DHSMV Executive Director Julie L. Jones.

Drunk driving is a problem that greatly affects drivers — and teens are not immune. This young age group reports more fatal alcohol-related accident than any other age group.

We typically see an increase in the number of fatal alcohol-related accidents on our roadways during the holiday season. This is a time when residents get some time off of work and when family and friends gather. We all get to enjoy Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. With many of these gatherings, drivers forget the dangers of drinking and driving and jump in the driver’s seat after drinking too much. This is when innocent motorists are injured or killed. It is our responsibility to make the right decisions and to keep an eye on our loved ones to make sure we all make it to ring in the New Year. No one’s life should end because of a driver’s bad decision.