Drunk driving is a serious offense, never more so than when it results in the death of an innocent. Although DUI manslaughter carries a minimum 4-year jail term, the sentences can vary greatly based on a number of factors. Confinement is not the only cost to drunk drivers. Victims’ families can sue drunk drivers. If you have lost a loved one to the recklessness of a drunk driver, a good personal injury attorney may help you recoup some of the costs associated with the wrongful death.
A Serious Problem
In just the past five years, Florida has experienced more than 400 fatalities due to drunk driving. This statistic is particularly distressing in the context of other information we know with regards to DUI:
- Costs associated with drunk driving exceed $132 billion throughout the country every year;
- Over half of drivers who are convicted for DUI continue driving with a suspended license:
- The average blood alcohol level (BAC) of a convicted DUI offender is 21 percent over the legal limit;
- One person dies in a DUI collision every 50 minutes somewhere in America;
- Over one in five drunk drivers is between 26-29 years old;
- In a typical day, there are 300,000 drunk drivers on the roads, although less than 10 percent of them are arrested;
- In 2013, nearly 30 million surveyed individuals confessed to driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Local Stories of Loss
Although the names and faces are different in every case, the feelings of guilt and shame associated with DUI manslaughter resonate through many of these cases. In sober moments, they realize they have altered the lives of families forevermore.
Impacts on Families
Families are left devastated, both emotionally and financially. In addition to losing the daily comfort and camaraderie of a loved one, children lose role models, families lose breadwinners, and siblings lose playmates. Because driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be construed as negligent, the estates of the deceased may file wrongful death lawsuits. Costs associated with these deaths can be shattering, but may be recouped through the courts:
- Medical expenses;
- Funeral and burial costs;
- Lost future wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of companionship.
After Losing a Loved One
Nothing can bring back a loved one lost to the recklessness of an inebriated driver. At the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton, we understand your pain, and will fight for justice on your behalf. Contact our empathetic, yet aggressive legal team in Daytona & Ormond Beach today for a no-cost, personal consultation.