A 25-year-old Orlando man is dead after his motorcycle was struck by a drunk driver on John Young Parkway one recent evening. Orlando police officers investigating the accident say that a 27-year-old Orlando woman faces multiple charges including DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in connection with the accident. They say that the victim was riding his motorcycle on John Young near the intersection with Oak Ridge Road around 2:50 a.m. when he was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by the Orlando woman. The rider was pronounced dead at the scene from his injuries and officers administering field sobriety tests found that the driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Despite tougher penalties, sobriety test roadblocks, public awareness campaigns and plenty of evidence indicating the dangers of drinking and driving, there are plenty of Floridians who still drink and drive. To provide an idea of the scope of the drunk driving problem in our state, consider that over the last 15 years, no less than 50,000 arrests have been made annually for driving under the influence. Some years, there have been more than 60,000 arrests. Law enforcement officials estimate that a drunk driver drives while under the influence at least 80 times before being arrested for DUI. Also consider the following:
- Florida averages at least 800 accidents each year where at least one driver had a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more.
- At least 800 and as many as 1,100 people are killed in drunk driving accidents each year.
Please remember that these Florida drunk driving statistics do not include the thousands of people who are injured by drunk drivers every year. Drivers who choose to drink and drive are the epitome of negligent behavior, as each time they drive while under the influence they have a much greater risk of causing an auto accident.
If you or a family member has been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you have a right to seek damages to help pay medical expenses, replace lost wages and compensate you for pain and suffering and other damages. If you would like to speak with an experienced Orlando drunk driving accident lawyer to learn more about your rights and legal options, call James O. Cunningham today at 888-425-2004. He has been helping injured people since 1977 and has a proven record of success against drunk drivers. Call today to schedule your free consultation and get an experienced Orlando personal injury attorney on your side!
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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