Deadly Drunk Driving Crashes in Florida

Under Florida law, a person will be charged with driving under the influence of they have a “breath-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.” DUIs in Florida, like in other states, are a serious safety threat. Statistics show that 27.5 percent of all traffic deaths in Florida involve intoxicated motorists. In just 2014, 40,677 DUI arrests were made in the state. 

A Real-Life Example of the Risk of Drunk Driving

A doctor from South Florida was recently arrested for killing a pedestrian in North Miami Beach. The doctor faced a DUI manslaughter charge after striking a 77-year-old pedestrian. The pedestrian was reportedly crossing the street when he was struck. When police arrived, the reported that the doctor smelled of alcohol. A toxicology test later showed that the physician had a blood-alcohol level of .087. This is well above the legal limit, and the doctor even had traces of codeine in his system.

If you or a loved one find yourselves the victim of a drunk driver, it’s crucial that you contact a qualified Florida car crash attorney. The team of lawyers at Sheftall & Associates can provide you with the representation you need after a devastating accident. Let’s take a closer look at wrongful death crashes involving drunk drivers. 

Wrongful Death

Florida Statute section 678.18 states that in the event a person’s death is caused by a wrongful act, breach, negligence or breach of contract of another person or party, the estate of the deceased has the right to pursue a civil lawsuit. To bring a lawsuit, there must be grounds to do so. The personal representative of the deceased’s estate has to file a wrongful death claim. Their representative is usually designated int he will or trust of the deceased. If none is available, or it lacks designation, the court will designate a representative. The personal representative is usually the surviving spouse of the deceased. 

Wrongful death claims are filed on behalf of the deceased’s estate and any surviving family members. It’s usually required that the personal representative list all surviving family members that have an interest in the claim. Florida law allows family members to recover damages through a wrongful death claim, including: 

  • The deceased’s spouse, parents and children; and 
  • Any blood relatives or adoptive siblings who are dependent, either partly or wholly, on the decedent for support or services.

DUI Crashes in Jacksonville

There were 5,125 reported alcohol-related crashes in Florida in just 2015, with 350 reported fatalities. As is the case in all other states, it’s a crime to drive drunk in Florida. While a driver who causes a crash will face criminal charges, that does little to help an injured driver. 

Those who have unfairly lost a loved due to a drunk driver may be eligible to pursue compensation with the help of a Florida wrongful death attorney. Sheftall & Associates has the experience needed to maximize your compensation. Contact our offices at (904) 638-7712 to discuss options for legal compensation.


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