Winter Haven Drunk Driving Accidents
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol has long been and continues to be one of the biggest causes of traffic fatalities in Florida, as well as across the rest of the country. While being involved in any car accident is traumatic and upsetting, getting hit by a drunk driver may be among the worst, given that we know just how preventable such accidents should be. Drunk drivers cause crashes, and they cause more serious crashes; they drive faster, react more slowly, fail to adjust to road hazards or other drivers, and at each step along the way, they make driving more dangerous and more deadly.
If a drunk driver has injured you or a loved one in Winter Haven or throughout Central Florida, call the seasoned and passionate drunk driving accident lawyer at The Turnbull Firm. Winter Haven drunk driving accident attorney Sanga Turnbull has decades of experience litigating personal injury matters in Central Florida. Our drunk driving accident team takes a results-oriented approach, aggressively pursuing your claims against drunk drivers, insurance companies, and anyone else who may be liable in order to ensure that you build your strongest case and maximize your available damages.
Drunk Driving Statistics
There were 5,125 alcohol-involved crashes in 2017 in Florida, leading to 350 fatalities, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) Annual Report for 2017. That’s more than ten percent of the total annual fatal crashes in Florida each year. In Polk County alone, there were 157 confirmed alcohol crashes leading to 14 confirmed alcohol-related fatalities. Polk County has a higher-than-usual percentage of drug crashes, with 16 confirmed drug-related fatalities and 12 confirmed drug and alcohol fatalities in 2017. In Polk County, it appears, drugged driving is nearly as big a problem as drunk driving.
The number of drunk driving accidents across Florida has, however, decreased a bit in recent years. Many view the increase in ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft as a strong contributing factor. The connection appears even stronger in metropolitan areas such as Miami-Dade. Regardless, drunk driving remains a pervasive problem statewide.
Damages Available After a Winter Haven Drunk Driving Car Accident
Traffic accidents can cause serious, permanent, and even fatal injuries. If you have been injured in a drunk driving crash, or your loved one has been killed in an accident, there are a range of damages that you may be able to recover in a personal injury or wrongful death action. A dedicated drunk driving crash lawyer can evaluate your case and determine which damages are available in your matter as well as how to maximize your recovery.
Damages available in a drunk driving case can include the following:
- Lost wages for work already missed and likely to be missed due to injury
- Lost earning capacity for the future
- Medical costs, including prescriptions, surgical procedures, prosthetics, and medical equipment such as crutches or wheelchairs
- Pain and suffering, as well as other emotional and psychological trauma
- Wrongful death
- Property damage
- Temporary transportation
- Household costs
Additionally, drunk driving cases are primed for seeking punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish an offender rather than compensate the victim, meaning they are intended to be additional amounts beyond the damages necessary to restore the victim to where they were before the accident. Punitive damages are available when a defendant’s conduct was particularly reckless, wanton, intentional, or offensive. Drunk driving puts everyone on the road at serious risk of severe injury or death and is a strong basis for punitive damages. A passionate Winter Haven drunk driving accident lawyer can help you seek punitive damages after your Florida drunk driving injury.
Call a Passionate Winter Haven Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident or your loved one was killed by a drunk driver, do not delay. Call the zealous and effective drunk driving crash attorney at The Turnbull Firm now to start building your claims today. Contact The Turnbull Firm after a Winter Haven drunk driving accident for a free case evaluation.