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Venice Drivers Beware Of Intoxicated Drivers On Area Roadways

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While Venice, Florida has about 26,000 permanent residents, the city feels a lot more crowded than this – particularly in the summer. There’s plenty of biking trails, it’s perfect for fishing, kayaking, and boating, Venice boasts some of the best and most beautiful beaches in all of Florida, and there’s plenty of nightlife to go around, so it’s also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. When tourists come to town either in season or out of season, they’re looking to have a good time, which unfortunately means an uptick in intoxicated drivers taking to area roadways.

DUI Statistics In Florida

While it may be surprising to some, Sarasota County is the DUI death capital of Florida. During a 3 year period, Sarasota County averaged 12.2 DUI related deaths per 100,000 residents. Venice alone had 1.61 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents, which only counts fatal accidents not those that only cause injury and property damage.

Not just an issue in Venice or Sarasota County, intoxicated driving is a major issue throughout the state of Florida. While an average of 1.9% of drivers admit to driving after drinking across the nation, this number rises to 2.1% when surveying Florida alone.

March, February, and April are the busiest tourist seasons in Venice, with a slight tourist lull in May and a quick pickup for June and July. This means that tourist season is coming on quickly, and with it plenty of visitors coming to town unfamiliar with the roadways and many looking for a party atmosphere.

Why Are Intoxicated Driver Accidents So Dangerous?

All auto accidents in Venice are dangerous, but those caused by reckless and intoxicated drivers tend to have the most severe consequences. Intoxicated drivers make poor decisions on the road, and this could be paired with a sense of “liquid confidence”. Some of the most common types of accidents caused by intoxicated drivers in Venice are:

• Head-on collisions – Head on collisions can be some of the most devastating types of accidents on the road. Not only do they cause serious or fatal injury to drivers, but to other drivers as well. In intoxicated driving incidents, these are often caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel, being unable to see lines in the roadway, or swerving while driving.

• Wrong way accidents – It can be difficult or impossible for intoxicated drivers to read road signs, so narrow winding roads or one-way roads can be particularly risky. Drivers may not be able to read these or any warning signs, causing them to drive in the opposite lane or enter roadways going the wrong direction.

• Pedestrian accidents – Tourists in Venice will be unfamiliar with roadways, and they’re more likely to be taking to the local nightlife during tourist season. These nightlife areas are high pedestrian areas, creating a hazardous situation for those on foot. Intoxicated drivers will be vision impaired, which may make them unable to see pedestrians walking along roadways or on sidewalks during low-light hours.

What To Do If You’ve Been In An Accident With An Intoxicated Driver In Venice

While trying to enjoy Venice, the last thing you want to happen is to run into an intoxicated driver. When in an area accident with an intoxicated driver, you’ll want to make sure you’re able to get the compensation you deserve, and this requires the help of a skilled and knowledgeable auto accident lawyer. To learn more about your rights when involved in an intoxicated driving-related accident, contact us at today.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

Venice Drivers Beware Of Intoxicated Drivers On Area Roadways

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