There are approximately 30 people who die every day in automobile accident crashes involving an impaired driver. In fact, approximately 11,000 people per year die in automobile accidents with an impaired driver. In 2017, the police arrested approximately 1 million drivers for DUI for drugs or alcohol. In Florida, there are approximately 50,000 to 60,000 DUI arrests per year.
In Florida, an at-fault driver of an accident who is impaired by alcohol may be responsible for paying punitive damages to an injured party. Punitive damages are designed to punish a party’s wrongful behavior. Therefore, the value of an automobile accident case involving negligence may be greater to the injured party if the at-fault driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, contact the law office of Bottari & Doyle at 561-588-2781 for a free case strategy session.