Drunk Driving Victims

Four Tampa Bay Cities in Top Ten for DUI Crashes

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Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense in Florida. An offender may be impaired as a result of ablood alcohol content of .08 and above or drug consumption. DUI drivers can cause serious, even deadly DUI crashes. Some cities have higher rates of DUI crashes than others. A recent study found that four cities in the Tampa Bay area rank among the ten deadliest for DUI crashes in Florida. The study found that overall Florida had 515 fatal crashes involving alcohol in 2017. Sarasota Sarasota ranked number one as the Florida city with the most fatal DUI crashes. The city had a per capita rate of deaths of 12.2 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents. This makes the city twice as deadly per capita than the next deadly city, Lakeland. Not only does Sarasota rank number one, it’s rate of deadly DUI crashes has increased 73% over the last three years. This is a staggering rate of increase given the heightened awareness of preventing DUIs and the availability of rideshare programs. Lakeland Lakeland ranked as the number two city for deadly DUI crashes. The per capita rate for fatal DUI crashes in Lakeland was 6.5 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents. Lakeland and Sarasota had the same number of DUI fatalities over the period between 2015-2017 with 19 per city, but Lakeland’s larger population made the rate lower. Lakeland also had the highest percentage increase in DUI fatalities with a 171% increase in fatalities over the course of three years. St. Petersburg St. Petersburg came in at number four for the deadliest DUI crashes per capita. The rate in St. Petersburg was 4.63 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents. The number of DUI crashes increased slightly, but the overall rate of deaths was 141% greater than the Florida average. Tampa  While it is the largest city in the Tampa Bay area, Tampa surprisingly ranked number seven among Florida cities with the deadliest DUI crashes. Tampa had a rate of 3.77 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents. In contrast to the other cities on the list, Tampa actually saw a more than 10% decrease in the number of DUI fatalities. Contact a DUI Accident Attorney If you, or someone you love, has been injured in a crash involving a drunk driver, you may need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been working for more than 30 years to help the injured. Contact us online  or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

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December is a time when we get together with our friends and family and celebrate the holiday season. It is a time of parties and get-togethers, some of which involve alcohol. Statistically, December is one of the most dangerous months for driving and Christmas and New Year’s see an increase in impaired driving accidents. So,December is also National Impaired Driving Prevention Month which is a great opportunity to remember the ways we can prevent drunk or drugged driving. Florida Impaired Driving Statistics In Florida is it illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or above or to drive under the influence of illegal or some prescription drugs. Impaired driving can cost drivers money, their driver’s licenses, their freedom, and sometimes even their lives. Shockingly in Florida, 2.1% of drivers have admitted to driving while impaired in the last 30 days. From 2003-2012, 8,476 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers in Florida. Nationwide, in 2015, 46% of drivers killed in car accidents tested positive for drugs and close to 40% tested positive for alcohol. Preventing Impaired Driving Accidents We all know that impaired driving is highly dangerous, but sometimes we forget to take the steps necessary to avoid becoming a statistic. Here are some tips on how you can avoid being an impaired driver or help your friends avoid driving while impaired: Remember that even over the counter and prescription drugs can affect the way you drive. Be sure to read warning labels and directions to avoid driving while impaired. Designate a driver. If you’re going to a party with family or friends, make sure that you have someone who agrees to be everybody’s safe ride home. Use convenient rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft to get you home safely when you’ve had too much to drink. If you believe a friend has had too much to drink, take their keys and encourage them to spend the night or take a rideshare. The only way to sober up is to wait. Coffee and other stimulants cannot counter the effects of alcohol on the nervous system. Trust your friends. If they tell you not to drive, they’re probably right. If you’re throwing a party, offer guests plenty of non-alcoholic options and food. Never pressure anyone into drinking alcohol. If you are on the road trying to get home safely, you can try to avoid impaired drivers by recognizing their behavior on the road. Signs that a driver might be impaired include: Making wide turns Weaving, drifting, swerving, or straddling the center line of the road Driving on the incorrect side of the road Striking an object Driving slowly Braking erratically Responding slowly to traffic signals Making sudden turns If you encounter someone you believe to be an impaired driver, pull over or get away from the driver and call the police. Contact a Trusted Attorney If you’ve been injured in an accident with an impaired driver, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact the trusted lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk online or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to schedule your free consultation.

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Little Known Statistics Regarding Drunk Driving

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Below are some interesting and little known drunk driving statistics gathered from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) association: During the past year, females were less likely than males to drive under the influence of alcohol. The percentage points were 15.1 percent male versus 7.9 percent female offenders. In regards to fatal crashes, drivers aged 21 to 24 made up the highest percentage of drunk drivers in 2011 at 32 percent, individuals aged 25 to 34 made up 30 percent and individuals aged 35 to 44 made up 24 percent. Impairment is determined by the amount of alcohol ingested over a set period of time instead of by the type of drink. In 2011, there were 226 children killed as a result of drunk driving vehicular accidents. Of those 226, 122, or 4 percent, were riding with the drunk driver. Each and every day in America, 27 people will die as a result of drunk driving crashes. High school students who partake of alcohol are five times as likely to drop out of school than their peers. Moreover, those that regularly drink do not feel good grades are important. Around 50 to 75 percent of those who were convicted of drunk driving continue to drive on a suspended license. Around every 90 seconds, a person becomes injured due to a drunk driving crash. The average drunk driver has driven while intoxicated at least 89 times before their first drunk driving arrest. A cold shower, exercising or drinking strong coffee will not sober a person up. In fact, the only thing that will sober a person up is time. It takes the average individual one hour to metabolize one drink. Around 15 percent of fatal accidents during the week involve drinking and driving while this type of accident makes up 31 percent of weekend accidents. If You’ve Been Hurt, Let Our Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Help If you or someone you love have become injured due to a drunk driving accident, call Tampa car accident lawyer Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203 for a free initial consultation.

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Should States Change Criminal Blood Alcohol Content Levels to Reduce Drunk Driving Accidents?

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In a recent report entitled “Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Substance-Impaired Driving,” the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) makes the case that drunk driving injuries and fatalities may be reduced by lowering the blood alcohol content (BAC) level required for a drunk driving charge. The report highlights how countries that require a 0.05 BAC level for drivers maintained a better safety record than those where the standard was 0.08 BAC or above. Consistency in BAC Levels In America, law enforcement authorities a BAC limit of 0.08 as the threshold for charging drivers with driving under the influence. The recommendation from the NTSB was to adopt the lower BAC level of 0.05 in each of the 50 states. The report points to over 10,000 deaths from substance-impaired driving in the United States with one third of all traffic-related fatalities attributed to drug or alcohol abuse. The goal of the NTSB is to reduce the number of fatalities or injuries caused by substance-impaired drivers by implementing policies that will make intoxicated drivers think twice before getting behind the wheel. Rising BAC Levels — Rising Risk The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) shows the median BAC level of drivers involved in fatal collisions to be 0.15. According to the report, automobile crashes increase 40 percent over sober driving in the 0.02-0.04 BAC range. The risk increases by 11 times when the BAC levels reach 0.05. Reaching BAC levels of 0.1 makes collisions 48 times more likely to happen. At 0.15, the likelihood of an automobile crash has increased 380 times. Certain, Swift and Severe Punishment for Drunk Drivers Discussion during the forum also addressed the need for consistency in enforcement, development of objective BAC measurement tools, and punishment with regard to impaired driving. Societal tolerance for any level of traffic-related fatalities as acceptable was also identified as a hindrance to reaching zero. The panel suggested that working to make punishments certain, swift, and severe, as well as changing attitudes in society, would reduce the number of traffic-related deaths. Have you been injured by a drunk driver? We’ll fight for your rights! Unfortunately, many irresponsible drivers choose to operate a vehicle in an impaired condition. A lifetime of heartache and suffering for victims and their families are often the result of this shortsighted decision. It can be difficult to know what remedies are available to the victims of drunk driving accidents. In Florida, the injury law team of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk has 100+ years of combined experience fighting for the rights of personal injury victims. Call us today at 1-800-753-5203 for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

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