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March 17, 2010

An egregious case of drunk driving in St. Cloud, FL, shows a need for aggressive prosecution for repeat offenders in DUI/DWI situations. The Florida driver was sentenced to 11 years in prison after a fifth DUI violation resulted in a fatality. This case draws the attention of those who know how devastating DUI behaviors can be for those who are sharing the road with drunk or impaired drivers.

The facts of the case include the death of a 2-year-old, where the driver with a history of driving while intoxicated was found to be at fault. The circumstances surrounding the case, as reported by local media, paint a dark picture of recently sentenced 52-year-old man, a former Miami-Dade County worker. Local police reported the defendant initially denied being at fault in the accident. Evidence from his vehicle, including alcohol containers and mood-altering drugs, showed a pattern of addiction. A lack of concern for other parties in the accident, as well as continued addictive behaviors, add to the extreme nature of the case against the driver, who appeared extremely intoxicated in the wake of the accident.

Cases like these reveal the real dangers of allowing multiple DUI drivers to stay on the road. Public safety advocates often argue that quicker intervention could have saved lives, where this case seems to be a compelling example. Advocacy groups are vigilant in promoting license suspension and other practical results for DUI/DWI situations, but inevitably, some cases go unresolved until a repeat incident causes extreme grief and hardship to an innocent family.

Central Florida auto accident attorney firms understand the importance of dealing with DUI/DWI related injuries and fatalities on the civil side of the law. The Law Offices of James O. Cunningham has fought for victims of auto accidents in the Orlando area for over three decades. This skilled Orlando auto accident lawyer team is attentive to the issues facing drivers, including the extreme risks of an accident caused by a drunk driver.

Those who have been injury victims in an accident involving alcohol or other intoxicants or who have lost a family member due to a DUI/DWI can work with this Orlando auto accident attorney to pursue a civil case against a drunk driver who caused injury on the road. Using detailed research and knowledge of Florida statutes, Cunningham delivers the legal representation to families that they need to resolve these cases involving suffering and loss. Call 888-425-2004 to get help from our lawyer team or use the online contact form to take the first step in obtaining compensation in a DUI/DWI related case in the Orlando area or around Central Florida.

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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