Drunk Driving Car Accidents
Helping seriously injured victims of drunk driving accidents across Miami Dade County, including Miami, Homestead, Bal Harbor, Miami Beach and Kendall.
Miami drunk driving lawyer Joseph Lipsky know too well that impaired drivers account for approximately seven percent of all car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents. In the United States, so-called drunk driving accidents each year result in almost:
- 11,000 wrongful deaths
- Over 200,000 other personal injuries
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Florida, has about 800 drunk or impaired driving related fatalities each year, which account for 27 percent of all Florida traffic accident wrongful deaths.
These DUI accidents often are the most violent because of the impaired driver’s inability to recognize the speed and recklessness manner in which they are driving. This is why, in addition to being responsible for compensatory damages, Florida Law provides that an impaired driver is also liable for punitive damages, which are meant to punish their behavior.Compensatory damages include:
- Economic, such as medical bills and lost wages
- Non-economic damages, usually referred to as pain and suffering.
Considering Florida has over 100,000 three-time DUI drivers on its roadways, the likelihood of being involved in a collision caused by an impaired driver is unfortunately high. In fact, according to statistics, one out of every three Floridians will be involved in a collision with an impaired driver at some time.
As governments look for ways to reduce these life altering accident, the NTSB recommended that everyone convicted of drunk driving should have locks placed in their vehicles to stop repeat offenses. The ignition locks are usually mounted to a car’s ignition and requires the driver to do a breath test to determine if they drank alcoholic beverages. The locks do not permit the car to start if it detects that the driver is impaired.
The National Traffic Safety Board arrived at their suggestion after analyzing 1500 wrong-way car accidents and truck accidents, such as those involving cars getting on roadways on exit ramps or drifting into oncoming traffic, which resulted in more than 2100 deaths, during a 5 year period concluding in 2009. Drunk or impaired drivers caused more than sixty percent of these deadly wrong-way crashes. The data revealed that most drunk driving crashes happen at night and sadly result in approximately ten thousand deaths annually.
The recommendation is meant to convince the 33 states that currently do not require such interlocks to pass needed legislation. Other NTSB recommendations include improving signs in and around entrance ramps and intersections, as well as, having vehicle manufacturers include alerts in GPS devices which inform drivers when they enter a road in the wrong direction.
Given the violent nature of DUI collisions, the innocent victims of these impaired drivers often suffer serious and permanent injuries, such as:
- Neck and Back, including herniated discs
For over 25 years, we, at the Law Offices of Joseph Lipsky have aggressively helped seriously injured victims and their family members pick up the pieces of their lives by getting them the maximum money compensation after being the victim of a car, motorcycle or truck accident caused by the reckless behavior of impaired or drunk drivers. We are committed to helping you get the compensation you deserve, and to helping you ensure that the impaired driver is held accountable for their conduct.
If you or a loved one were injured due because of a drunk or impaired driver in Miami, please CONTACT the Law Offices of Joseph I. Lipsky, P.A., either ONLINE or by CALLING us:
(888) FLA-LAW8 - Toll Free
(954) 693-0073 - Fort Lauderdale
(305) 821-7333 - Miami-Dade
(561) 514-3535 - Palm Beaches
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to arrange for your FREE NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATION. The call and drunk driver accident injury consultation are FREE, so do not delay in calling to find out about your legal rights.