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Auto Accidents Caused by DUI: Holding Drunk Drivers Accountable

By Steve Charpentier on December 16, 2014

A cracked windshield after an auto accidentThe legal team at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. has been serving the greater Melbourne, Cocoa, and Titusville region for years. We have handled all sorts of cases involving complex personal injury and wrongful death litigation, including lawsuits for victims of auto accidents and motor vehicle collisions. These kinds of auto accident lawsuit target negligent trucking companies as well as irresponsible motorists whose negligence caused an accident to occur. With this in mind, we want to consider lawsuits that are filed in order to hold drunk drivers accountable for their actions.

Drunk Driving Is Never Advisable and Never Acceptable

No one should drive while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol impairs motor skills, slows down reaction times, and also affects your decision making abilities. People who drive while drunk may take unnecessary chances that may prove reckless and deadly. Even if you are well within the legal limit, just a little bit of alcohol can make a major difference on your driving abilities. It's for this reason that even relatively sober people should consider waiting a while before they get back behind the wheel.

Drunk Driving Statistics in the State of Florida

There were 44,894 drunk driving arrests in the state of Florida in 2012. In the same year, there were 818 fatalities that occurred as a result of drunk drivers and alcohol, 697 were drunk motorists. Of that number, 55 of the dead were driving while intoxicated and under the age of 21.

The Tragedy of DUI: Severe Injuries and the Loss of Loved Ones

The greatest tragedy of many drunk driving accidents is that they can result in major injuries and the loss of innocent friends and family members.

Severe auto accidents can cause the loss of limbs and other forms of permanent disability. With the latter in mind, major spinal injuries can cause different forms of paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia. Years of physical rehabilitation and lifestyle adjustments are required simply to accomplish basic tasks.

Severe auto accidents can also lead to the loss of life. Many innocent motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are killed each year because of drunk drivers, and the pain and suffering experienced by grieving loved ones can be immense.

Be Responsible: Never Drink and Drive

If you are drunk, never get behind the wheel. Instead, have a sober driver present to help you home, take public transportation, call a cab, or stay in a safe place with a friend until you are sober enough to drive again. Be sure to look out for friends in similar situations and stress safety and sober driving to prevent serious auto accidents.

How Our Attorneys Can Help Accident Victims

Our lawyers believe that drunk drivers need to be held accountable, which is why we will fight diligently for the injured and their loved ones. We will seek compensation to cover injuries, the loss of life, damage to property, lost wages, and other hardships that are related to the accident. Ultimately, our lawyers want to make sure that the victims of accidents are given the ability to heal, to grieve, and to move forward with their lives again.

Schedule a Consultation with Charpentier Law Firm, P.A.

If you would like more information about your legal options following a serious auto accident or motor vehicle collision, it is important that you contact our personal injury attorneys today. The lawyers of Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. will fight diligently for you, helping you obtain just compensation for injuries and other losses.

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