Earlier this week, the famed pop star Justin Beiber was pulled over by police when he was caught drag racing down a residential street in Miami Beach. He was driving a yellow Lamborghini. According to a report by CBS News, once police pulled Beiber over he smelled of alcohol and was uncooperative. Beiber failed the field sobriety tests administered by the arresting officer and was booked for DUI, driving with an expired license, and resisting arrest. He later admitted to drinking, smoking marijuana, and taking prescription medication.
Speed and Alcohol Are a Deadly Combination
In a way, Justin Beiber is incredibly lucky. The police clocked him traveling 60 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. Combining the speed at which he was traveling with his compromised reflexes and reaction times due to the substances in his system, the situation could have been catastrophic. Instead he will likely get off with community service, fines, and court costs.
However, that is not always the case; not everyone is as lucky as he was. In Florida alone, there are over 60,000 DUI arrests each year. This is the third highest number in the United States, behind only California and Texas. Of those 60,000 arrests, over 17,000 resulted in accidents and over 12,000 resulted in at least one injury. In addition, each year, nearly 700 Floridians lose their lives in alcohol related crashes. This number represents almost a third of all traffic fatalities.
Drunk Driving is Reckless
Drunk driving is entirely preventable. It takes someone making a conscious choice not to get behind the wheel after they have had too much to drink. Given the numbers behind drunk driving, anyone who chooses to engage in that kind of behavior is being negligent regarding the wellbeing of those around them. Not only are they endangering their own lives, they are endangering the lives of others.
It is for this reason that very often, the victims of Florida drunk driving accidents are able to recover monetary damages from the drunk driver that caused the accident. To find out more about how Florida accident victims can recover for their injuries, speak to an experienced Florida personal injury attorney.
What To Do if You Have Been Injured By a Drunk Driver
If you have been involved in a Florida car accident and you believe that the other driver was intoxicated, you may be entitled to a monetary recover to compensate you for your medical expenses, future medical bills, and for any pain and suffering caused by the accident. At the Dean Law Firm, representing Florida accident victims is what we do. We have the dedication and experience you need to effectively bring your Florida accident case. Contact the Dean Law Firm today and speak with a highly qualified and dedicated Ocala accident attorney today. Click here to contact the firm online, or call 352-387-8700 today.