There Are No Winners in a DUI Accident
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a dangerous and potentially fatal thing to do. Not only is it putting your life at risk, but also the lives of others. Florida legislatures and police officers are working hard to curb the amount of alcohol-related accidents that occur.
Recently, a Florida woman was arrested for driving under the influence with her four children in the car. The driver crashed the car twice. One involved crashing into the side of another car and the other crashing the vehicle on a curb. After hitting the curb, witnesses could see airbags deployed, the front tires facing different directions, and smoke coming from under the hood. The woman was traveling with her four children, ranging in age from 7 years old to an infant. A bottle of rum was found under the driver’s seat, according to Fox News.
What is driving under the influence?
Driving under the influence (DUI) is operating a vehicle with the blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Drivers that are under the age of 21 are charged with a DUI if they have a BAC of 0.02% or higher. Commercial drivers will be charged with a DUI if their BAC is over 0.04%.
What if you were injured by a drunk driver?
Being in an accident is scary. There are tips and strategies that can help you deal with the accident. If you are involved in an accident with a driver under the influence of alcohol, whether that be in an automobile or as a pedestrian, this is a list of things you should do:
- Seek medical attention. If you or a loved one has been injured make sure to seek medical help as soon as possible.
- File a police report. Contact the police immediately after the accident. Their police report will be important in future litigation. The police also can conduct a breathalyzer test to determine the driver’s BAC and other field sobriety tests.
- Pay attention to the details of the accident. After seeking medical attention, take note of the circumstances and surroundings of the accident. Can you smell alcohol on the driver’s breath? Did you notice the driver trying to switch places with a passenger? Did it look like the driver was tossing cups/bottles/containers from the vehicle? In a lawsuit to recover damages from a DUI, it can only help to have a lot of evidence that the driver was under the influence.
- Contact an attorney. Reaching out to an attorney will help you tremendously in your recovery. The earlier you contact an attorney, the more they will be able to help.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, contact an experienced attorney immediately. The attorneys at Leifer Law Firm in Boca Raton are experienced in representing victims of drunk driving. We work to ensure that you receive the damages that you are entitled to. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.