Fatal Car Accident In Miami-Dade Caused By Drunk Driver
Drunk driving is one of the most dangerous and reckless decisions a motorist can make. It is a choice made by someone with a complete disregard for the health and safety of others. A prime example is found in the tragic car wreck that occurred in Miami-Dade County at the intersection of Southwest 137th Avenue and Southwest 11th Street.
An intoxicated driver operating a Hyundai Sonata crashed into a Toyota being driven by a 20-year-old man and carrying a passenger. The driver of the Toyota died at the scene while the passenger had to be transported to Kendall Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, according to ABC 10 News.
Deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of the victim who lost his life in this preventable car crash.
Each and every year, thousands of Floridians are injured or lose their lives in alcohol-related automobile collisions. For example, there were over 16,800 automobile accidents in Florida in 2014 involving at least one driver under the influence of alcohol. Of those 16,000+ car accidents, more than 11,000 people suffered injuries and over 800 people died, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Drunk driving is not a problem relegated to Florida. Across the country, thousands of people are injured or die in drunk driving-related car wrecks. For example, approximately 10,265 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving accidents in 2015, according to the CDC.
Take Legal Action to Hold the Drunk Driver Accountable
As you can see, drunk driving is a serious public safety issue and one of the ways to send a signal that this type of behavior will not be tolerated is holding the drunk driver accountable in court. Most drunk drivers face criminal charges brought by the state, but you also have the right to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit in a civil court to obtain money damages. You can pursue financial restitution for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. If you lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, you can pursue compensation for the income that would have been earned by the decedent, along with funeral expenses and the loss of companionship, guidance, and support provided by the decedent.
Liability may also extend beyond the intoxicated driver. For example, if there is evidence that a bar, night club or restaurant continued to serve alcohol to the at-fault driver after realizing they were heavily intoxicated, it may be possible to hold the establishment liable, at least in part, for your harms and losses.
Learn More About Your Legal Rights by Contacting an Experienced Miami Car Accident Lawyer
The attorneys at the law office of Alan Goldfarb, P.A. in Miami are passionate about helping the injured in their time of need. Our legal team will take the time to sit down and talk with you about the facts and legal strategies that may be viable in your case. Our consultations are completely free and we work on contingent fee agreements, which means you owe us no money upfront and only pay when we obtain a financial recovery for you.