If you are like a lot of people in Florida, you look forward to the summer months for all of the celebrations and freedom to be enjoyed at that time of year. However, you are also likely aware that summer holidays and festivities offer yet more opportunities for people to consume alcohol and still make the choice to drive. Drunk drivers continue to plague Florida's roads and highways despite the strict laws and public awareness campaigns.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in each year from 2013 to 2017, alcohol was stated to be a contributing factor in 27% or 28% of all vehicular fatalities statewide. Over that time, the number of lives lost at the hands of drunk drivers rose for three consecutive years between 2013 and 2016 and dropped slightly in 2017 but the 839 deaths that year still exceeded the number of deaths in 2013 by 167.
In Alachua County, alcohol-involved deaths accounted for anywhere between 19% and 35% of automotive fatalities from 2013 to 2017. During those five years, the county recorded 53 drunk driving fatalities. In 2017, the overall number of traffic deaths as well as the number of drunk driving deaths jumped from 46 to 55 and from nine to 14 over the number that the county experienced in 2016. This is not a trend that residents should feel positive about.
If you would like to learn more about how you can seek help after a drunk driving accident in which you or a family member was injured or killed by a negligent driver, please feel free to visit the impaired accident compensation page of our Florida personal injury website.