Car Accidents Involving Drugs and Alcohol
Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon, Winter Haven, Florida
Alcohol and drug-related auto accidents continue to be one of the leading hazards to public health and safety. On average, 25,000 Americans are killed and over 700,000 are injured every year in drug or alcohol-related car accidents. Even though recent years have seen tighter restrictions and increased law enforcement efforts designed to curb impaired driving, it is still an unfortunate fact of life on our roadways.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a drug or alcohol-related auto accident caused by another driver,Orlando auto accident attorney Stephen J. Knox can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Drug- and Alcohol-Related Auto Accident Statistics
The following facts highlight the alarming danger drug- and alcohol-related auto accidents pose to drivers and pedestrians on our nation’s roads:
- More than 50 percent of fatal crashes involve an alcohol-impaired driver
- More than 65 percent of fatal single car accidents are alcohol-related
- Over 36 percent of auto accidents involving a pedestrian list the pedestrian as being alcohol- impaired
- The average blood alcohol content of drivers arrested for driving while impaired is .2 percent – more than double the legal limit
- Approximately 10 percent of motorists on the road between 7pm and 3am are legally impaired
- People between 16 and 24 years old cause 42 percent of fatal drug- and alcohol-related car accidents
- Over 80 percent of Americans admit to having driven after drinking
- Roughly 50 percent of Americans can expect to be involved in an alcohol-related car accident during their lifetime
Who Can Be Held Liable in Drug- and Alcohol-Related Auto Accidents?
When an alcohol-related accident occurs, there are several different people who can be held accountable besides the intoxicated driver. This may include liquor store owners who knowingly sell to intoxicated individuals, as well as bartenders and servers who do the same. Repeat offenders cause up to two-thirds of all drug- and alcohol-related auto fatalities. If you have been involved in an alcohol-related accident with a repeat offender, you may be able to receive additional compensation for your damages.
If you live in the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida areas and have been injured in an auto accident involving drugs or alcohol, please contact our Orlando personal injury law office today to arrange your free case evaluation with Mr. Knox. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, Sumter, and Zephyrhills.