Last week, several individuals in Ormond Beach were injured when a woman drove her pickup into a crowd that had gathered near a bar. According to witnesses and the Florida Highway Patrol, the victims walked into the woman’s path as traffic was coming to a stop. Sources weren’t clear whether pedestrians actually had the right of way at the time of the crash, but did say that the woman driving the pickup had a 0.104 blood alcohol content four hours after the incident, which means she was extremely intoxicated at the time of the crash.
Drunk driving is a problem everywhere, and the state of Florida is no different. States have come up with various attempts to address the problem, from stiffer penalties to ignition interlock requirements to zero tolerance policies for underage drivers. These policies are more or less affective in their ability to address the problem.
Aside from criminal liability, though, there is the issue of civil liability. When a drunk driver harms another motorist, a pedestrian or a cyclist, they deserve to be held accountable for the damages they cause to the victim. It isn’t effective to only go after the drunk driver for damages in cases where they probably don’t have the means to pay for them. Other parties can, in some cases, be held accountable for their contributions to a drunk-driving accident.
Regardless of the circumstances of the case, those who have been the victim of a drunk-driving accident do well to consult an experienced personal injury attorney to determine who they can hold accountable and what their options for recovery are. From there, a plan can be put together to make recovery a reality.
Source: Wesh.com, “FHP: Woman charged with DUI after pickup truck hits pedestrians,” Michelle Meredith, March 13, 2014.