With more than 10,000 people dying every year due to a drug or alcohol-related car crash, drunk driving remains one of the most important issues to tackle in the United States. With thousands more drivers finding themselves injured - often with life-altering injuries - drunk driving has touched people all over the country in profound ways. What’s worse, many of these accidents tend to involve innocent victims who fell prey to someone else’s recklessness, which leaves many victims feeling lost and overburdened.
In 2020, there were over 700 alcohol and/or drug-related deaths in Florida. While one fatality is one too many, this number decreased (over 33%) from 2019. According to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the decline was likely due to a change in driving habits stemming from the pandemic. The total number of impaired driving crashes decreased by over 16%, and the injuries arising from those crashes dropping by over 26%.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, you do not have to handle the situation on your own. Help is available. Let our experienced Fort Myers car accident lawyer help you as much as possible to get your life back on track.
Why Impaired Driving is So Dangerous
Drugs and alcohol have a significant impact on your ability to remain safe on the road. When drivers are drunk or high, they cannot react quickly, think critically, or make rational decisions that can help them avoid an accident. Drugs - even prescription drugs - can also affect one’s ability to remain focused on the road. Coupled with the fact that people who use drugs often mix these substances with alcohol, being affected by a drunk driver is something that can happen to anyone.
The consequences are far-reaching, more often than not. Victims of drunk drivers end up hospitalized for extended periods of time, miss work or activities they once enjoyed, and often need extensive rehabilitation and treatment. Sometimes, these victims simply never recoup the lives they once led. That said, under Florida law, victims are entitled to receive compensation for what they have been through after an accident.
How a Fort Myers Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You Obtain Compensation
Victims of drunk driving can fight back and demand compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, and suffering. There is typically some legal remedy against drunk drivers, even when the state has failed to prove a criminal case against the driver who upended your life. In some cases, it is not just the driver who can be held responsible for what happened to you. Courts have been known to require individuals or businesses who allowed the driver to get so drunk to compensate the victim for their injuries. Accordingly, you are encouraged to work with a knowledgeable Fort Myers car accident lawyer to help ensure the best and most complete outcome possible.
Seek Help From a Fort Myers Car Accident Lawyer at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. Today
If you are the victim of a drunk driving accident, help is available to you. You have the right to be fully compensated for your injuries. To speak with someone about your legal options, contact Fort Myers car accident lawyer Randall L. Spivey at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. as soon as possible. Contact us online for a free initial consultation.
Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839 or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com Visit Spivey Law.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.