While any car accident has the potential to cause injury, it's more likely that an accident with a drunk driver will have life-changing effects.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes in 2015, and over 1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) nationwide.
The CDC has also recorded more than 111 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving from adults in the United States in a single year. So your odds of sharing the road with a drunk driver continue to rise.
Different Drivers Have Different DUI Limits in Florida
While raising awareness about the dangers of drunk driving helps to reduce DUI accidents and injuries, many states rely on strict alcohol limits and harsh penalties to bring down the rates of drunk driving. Many injury victims are unaware that various types of drivers can be held to different standards of impairment, including:
- Adult drivers. Any non-commercial driver over the age of 21 can be considered legally drunk if his or her blood alcohol level is .08 or more. If an impaired adult is transporting a passenger who is under 18, the driver will face enhanced DUI penalties.
- Truckers. Commercial truck drivers can be charged with DUI if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is .04 or greater. For this reason, it's vital that a trucker be blood tested for alcohol as soon as possible after a crash.
- Bus drivers. Florida requires school bus drivers to adhere to the same laws as commercial drivers. A driver with a BAC of .04 or higher can lose his or her commercial license, and be held accountable for paying the costs of an accident.
- Underage drivers. Accidents with teen drivers can be complex, since all drivers under 21 can be considered legally drunk if they have a blood alcohol level of .02 or higher.
Not only can you pursue an injury claim after a drunk driving accident, but the at-fault driver can be held liable for a criminal offense that results in steep fines and jail time.
If you suspect that alcohol may have played a role in your accident, we can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve from a drunk driver. Simply fill out the quick contact form on this page today to schedule your free case evaluation.