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Drunk Driving Stats And Facts To Ensure Florida Drivers Are Aware Of The Issue

It doesn’t really matter whether you call Florida or someplace else your home. There’s a good chance that you’ve been told from an early age that drinking and driving don’t mix. But why? Sure, your school counselor, teacher, or even parents likely informed you that partaking in the activities together can lead to crashes, injuries, and deaths. However, did they dive into the matter and drive everything home?

You may have gotten the point, as have many others over the years. The same can’t be said for everyone, though. Unfortunately, all sorts of folks drive under the influence of alcohol these days. These incidents don’t only happen in the Sunshine State. So, if you’re a Floridian, please, know that we aren’t singling you out. Drunk driving accidents occur all across the United States and way more often than most people believe.

Don’t fret if you’re still a little iffy on this subject matter. You don’t have to merely take our word for it. Instead, look over the stats and facts being provided here. Then, you’ll understand everything for yourself.

Data From The CDC

Contrary to what some individuals believe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website is for way more than telling people about illnesses. It has useful tidbits about tons of other things, including drunk driving facts. Therefore, you know these items come from a credible source.

One of the primary reasons to avoid drinking and driving is that it costs people their lives. The Sobering Facts: Drunk Driving in Florida report states that between 2003 and 2012, 8,476 people were killed in accidents involving drunk drivers. In 2012, the ages of those who died were pretty close across the board. However, it was individuals between the ages of 21 and 34 that were impacted the most.

As you can see, there isn’t much if any good news to take away from this. But Floridians do report driving after drinking too much more than the national average. The CDC’s article shows that 2.1 percent of motorists do this in the Sunshine State, while only 1.9 percent of drivers take this action on a national level.

Information From is another trustworthy site that can help Florida drivers see how dangerous driving under the influence is. It reveals that in 2019, there were 814 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities across the state. Of course, this is a single location, so the figure isn’t as high as the national one of 10,142 for that same year. It still isn’t good, though.

Do you believe those killed were all above the legal drinking age of 21? That could not be further from the truth. The research shows the number of under 21 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in Florida for 2019 stood at 68. Meanwhile, nationally, there were 906 total incidents with people below the age of 21.

Has A Drunk Driving Accident Caused A Wrongful Death?

If a family member has lost their life because of someone driving under the influence of alcohol, that is a form of negligence. As such, you may have the grounds to seek compensation. Even if you win, it’s safe to assume that no amount of money will make up for what you lost. However, these funds could be very useful in the long run.

After all, if the relative received medical care ahead of passing, those expenses may fall on your shoulders. Not only that but what about the funeral costs? You could be responsible for those too. If you’d like to find out if you have a wrongful death claim in Florida, contact Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh to schedule a free case evaluation today.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

Drunk Driving Stats And Facts To Ensure Florida Drivers Are Aware Of The Issue

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