The Florida Highway Patrol reports that two people were injured last Wednesday when a pickup truck driver lost control of his vehicle and rolled, landing on its roof. According to FHP, a 21-year-old man was driving on SR A1A around 1:19 a.m. at the intersection of Grandview Road near St. Augustine Beach.
The driver was taken to Shands Jacksonville with serious injuries after being thrown from the pickup and through a privacy fence. His passenger, also a 21-year-old male, was trapped in the truck and taken to Flagler Hospital.
A blood alcohol test will be conducted and charges could be filed depending on the result. We wish these young men the best for a speedy recovery. The responding officers did a great job in getting the second man out of the vehicle and to the hospital.
I wish we knew more information such as, what kind of car was involved. Was a cell phone found at the scene and had the driver been texting? Were the occupants wearing their seat belts? What speed were they traveling and what were the road conditions at the time?
We hope these young men pull through, but speeding or road conditions and any of the above, including alcohol consumption, just doesn’t mix with driving.
Florida had more than 22,000 alcohol related crashes with more than 1,100 alcohol related fatalities across the state in 2008. Additionally there were more than 15,700 alcohol related injuries. Labor Day weekend in Florida is reported to be among the deadliest for drivers. Last year 36 people lost their lives on Florida roads and alcohol contributed to 12 of those deaths.
So through Labor Day, law enforcement is cracking down. Anyone drinking and driving will be arrested “No Exceptions”. It’s all part of the Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest enforcement and outreach campaign.
Violators will face jail time and they can lose their license, not to mention facing a hike in your insurance rates.
So beware – No Tolerance, No Excuses, No Exceptions.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver, you have legal rights that deserve to be protected so that you can receive compensation for costs associated with your injuries and the accident. Contact the skilled Florida drunk driving accident lawyers at Farah and Farah today for a free consultation.
Source reports: http://www.news4jax.com/news/20565714/detail.html; http://www.flhsmv.gov/hsmvdocs/CS2008.pdf; http://www.flhsmv.gov/news/pdfs/PR082109DOT.pdf