Naples Drunk Driving Accidents
Car Accident Attorneys Representing Injury Victims in Naples, FL
Nobody should ever have to worry about being injured in a serious collision caused by a drunk driver, yet impaired driving continues to occur with frequency in Florida. According to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), the state did see a decrease in alcohol-impaired and drug-impaired collisions in 2020, yet there were still 746 fatalities recorded in the state and many more nonfatal injuries. If you or somebody you love sustained serious or life-threatening injuries in a drunk driving crash, it is critical to seek advice from one of our Naples drunk driving accident lawyers who can help you with your case. You may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the intoxicated motorist in order to seek compensation for severe injuries.
Naples Drunk Driving Facts and Figures
The rate of alcohol-impaired collisions and deaths is significantly higher in Florida than a number of other states, and it is above the national average. Indeed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 8,476 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in Florida between 2003 and 2012, which places the state above the national average, particularly in certain age groups. The national rate of drunk driving deaths among motorists aged 21-34 is 6.7 per 100,000, while in Florida that number increases to 8.0 per 100,000. The Florida rate of drunk driving fatalities is also higher than the national average for motorists over the age of 35.
Common Injuries in Naples Drunk Driving Crashes
Given that impaired drivers do not have control over the vehicle and frequently are involved in speeding-related collisions or head-on collisions, injuries can be particularly severe. Common injuries in drunk driving accidents include but are not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs);
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs);
- Bone fractures;
- Organ damage and internal bleeding;
- Amputations; and
Filing a Drunk Driving Claim in Naples, FL
Since Florida is a no-fault state, most drunk driving claims will begin with an auto insurance claim through your own personal injury protection (PIP) or no-fault coverage. If you can show that your injuries are serious enough to file a claim, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the intoxicated driver you caused the crash in which you were injured. Our Naples drunk driving accident lawyers can assess your case for you today and provide you with more information about filing a claim.
Statute of Limitations for a Naples Drunk Driving Accident Lawsuit
If you are eligible to file a lawsuit after an impaired driving collision, it is important to do so before the statute of limitations runs out. Most car accident lawsuits in Florida must be filed within four years from the date of the collision according to Florida law. Failure to do so can result in your claim being time-barred according to the Florida Statutes.
Contact a Naples Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
If you were injured in a collision caused by an impaired driver, you should seek help from an experienced Naples drunk driving accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Cardinal Law, P.A. for more information.