A Clewiston, Florida man faces 12 counts of DUI and causing bodily injury as well as possession of marijuana after the car he was driving hit a Palm Tran bus carrying 13 people. The Naples News reports that the 41-year old man was arrested on January 20, 2010 when his car ran a stop sign, slamming into the bus. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says the deputy at the scene reported smelling alcohol coming from the man’s car and that the man’s demeanor indicated he was under the influence. According to the deputy, a search of the man’s car uncovered a small bag of marijuana. The bus driver and passengers as well as a passenger in his car were taken to a nearby hospital with injuries.
Our prayers for a speedy recovery go out to all injured in this accident.
Alcohol-Related Accidents in Florida
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that state and local law enforcement agencies in Florida issued almost 65,000 DUI violations in 2008. While alcohol-related fatalities in 2008 were down from 2007 by 6%, 39.5% of all traffic fatalities involved alcohol, the highest it’s been in years. While no one was killed in this accident, one man is accused of driving under the influence and causing the injury of 14 people.
Contacting an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control reports that one in three Americans will be affected by impaired driving in their lifetime. Every 32 minutes someone in the U.S. is killed in an alcohol-related accident. Someone is injured every two minutes. The cost of alcohol-related accidents runs in the billions when considering medical care, insurance costs, and the cost of litigation resulting from such accidents. Despite rigorous and consistent education campaigns as well as legal consequences, people continue to drink and drive, putting us all at risk.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident that involved a drunk driver, or a driver under the influence of drugs, you will want to contact an experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorney who will be at your side throughout the entire process, follow-up with the investigation and help determine if there was negligence and who was at fault. A skilled accident attorney can also advise victims and their families how to access their auto insurance policies and how that might apply to a car accident case if there are uninsured drivers involved.
Source report: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2010/jan/24/florida-man-charged-dui-after-crash-bus-injured-14/