ABC News in Tampa reported that impaired driving tragically killed 799 Floridians in 2021.
A University of Cincinnati (UC) study showed almost 9 percent of adults reported driving under the influence of alcohol; 4 percent of motorists drove under the influence of marijuana, and many adults also used both marijuana and other drugs in combination with alcohol. A large percentage of adults were identified as driving while under the influence of alcohol combined with inhalants (70 percent), cocaine (69 percent), and hallucinogens (65 percent). (Researchers used sample data from the 2016 to 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health for their study.)
"We need to focus our efforts on drugged driving, in addition to drunk driving, because drugged driving causes such a high level of fatalities," said study lead author Andrew Yockey, a doctoral student in UC's College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) said on February 1, 2022, that complacency toward drunk driving worsens the public’s safety. Statistics indicate that lives taken by someone else’s choice to drive impaired will reach the highest levels in over a decade while traffic safety enforcements resources have been cut across the country.
How does impaired driving cause an accident?
When drivers drink and/or take drugs, they can become drowsy, or fall asleep while driving. This may cause them to veer into oncoming traffic and cause head-on collisions or other potentially life-threatening accidents.
Alcohol also reduces a person’s vision, and the ability to comprehend traffic signals, traffic signs, and the actions of other motorists.
What injuries can occur in a DUI accident?
Many injuries can occur in preventable DUI accidents including:
- Limb injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Organ damage
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
How can a Fort Myers DUI accident lawyer assist you after an accident?
Being in an accident is traumatic, but DUI accidents are preventable. At Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., our Fort Myers DUI accident lawyers are available to assist DUI accident victims 24/7 when they are injured because of the negligence of another driver. Here are just a couple of the many clients we have assisted:
- A Naples car accident victim who suffered serious back injuries when a drunk driver crossed the center line and struck her vehicle.
- A Cape Coral child pedestrian suffered a leg fracture and a head injury when he was walking home from school. A drunk driver was towing a trailer and was not paying attention.
Randall Spivey, Fort Myers DUI accident lawyer is experienced in representing individuals tragically injured by the negligence of others. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Florida Bar Association, a distinction achieved by only 1 percent of Florida lawyers. He and his team thoroughly investigate each case.”
Before selecting a personal injury attorney, it is important to consider experience, focus, and personal attention. We represent people involved in numerous types of personal injury and wrongful death accidents throughout the state of Florida. All our clients have unique personal injury cases. Our firm provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation. There are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you.
Should you or a loved one be injured in an accident please contact Attorney Randall Spivey at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839.