Just this last week in Miami, a driver appeared before a judge for two accidents that took place over the same weekend. This 25-year-old driver was a recovering addict and reportedly took prescription drugs and drank alcohol before she got behind the wheel last Saturday. She was responsible for two accidents on Saturday, one of which was deadly, and she had a breathalyzer result of .067 hours after the deadly crash occurred.
The first accident occurred when the drunk driver made a turn and sideswiped a white or grey passenger van, losing control of her vehicle and leaving the area at a high rate of speed. Shortly thereafter, the driver slammed into the rear end of a Hyundai. This impact caused the Hyundai's driver to accelerate and lose control, and the Hyundai spun into a large tree and killed the driver on impact. The drunk driver has been charged with Driving Under the Influence, DUI manslaughter and DUI with property damage.
Drunk driving always affects more than just the individuals who choose to drive while impaired. Many drunk drivers make reckless and precarious decisions while on the road, putting their passengers and other drivers at risk for serious harm and even death. DUI manslaughter is the most serious DUI charge that one can be accused of in the state of Florida, and Florida Legislature has created a four year minimum/mandatory prison sentence on all DUI Manslaughter convictions under Florida Statute 316.193. DUI manslaughter charges are Second Degree Felonies in Florida, and are punishable with up to 15 year in the Florida state prison system as well as mandatory lifetime driver's license revocation.
Here at Mesa Law Firm, our Coral Gables injury attorneys have seen the devastation caused by drunk drivers firsthand, and we know that drunk driving accidents have a lasting effect on everyone involved. We know that a criminal conviction does not help you with the financial costs of property damage and medical expenses, and our legal team is here to help you with these needs. When you call a Miami personal injury lawyer at our firm after your accident, we will immediately come to your aid and provide you with the protection and caring representation you deserve. We will conduct a thorough investigation into your accident to determine if drunk driving played a role, and we have extensive experience handling these types of cases.
It is tragic that 2,398 fatal accidents took place in Texas and that 854 of these accidents were related to alcohol use. Out of this number 716 of the drivers had a BAC percentage of above .08%. Our team takes action to prevent drunk driving and to seek justice when innocent people are injured by the actions of drunk drivers. Call Mesa Law Firm today to learn about how we can protect your rights!