A young woman in her twenties was killed this week when the driver of the Smart Car she was riding in ran a red light and slammed into a pickup truck in downtown Miami. Authorities suspect that the driver of the Smart Car was drunk when the fatal red-light crash occurred.
Both the driver of the Smart Car and of the pickup were injured and taken to the hospital for evaluation and treatment. Investigators indicated that the driver of the Smart Car, also a young woman in her twenties, was tested for alcohol and drug impairment to prove that the fatal crash was alcohol-related.
In 2011, 716 people lost their lives in Florida to alcohol-related car crashes. Nearly 30 percent of all fatal car accidents in Florida involved an impaired driver. Adults aren't the only ones making poor decisions; 79 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes that involved a driver who was under the age of 21.
The state of Florida has taken a stand against drunk drivers who cause serious, fatal accidents. Families of drunk driving victims are able to pursue both compensatory and punitive damages against the drunk driver and his or her insurance company after the wrongful death of a loved one in an alcohol-related crash. This includes any medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages, lost companionship, pain and suffering and other possible financial recoveries.
There is no going back after a fatal drunk driving accident, but the impaired driver had the opportunity to prevent the death of your loved one in first place. He or she could have chosen not to drink and drive.
To learn more about your legal rights after a Florida drunk driving crash, please contact our law firm.
Source: NBCMiami, "1 Killed, 2 Injured in Crash in Miami," August 14, 2013