According to a report by Channel 4, a 22-year-old died and a 17-year-old was injured on Saturday, March 12, in a head-on collision in Clay County. The 17-year old teen was driving his Ford pickup on County Road 218 about 11:40 p.m., east of Courson Road, when he drifted into the oncoming lane and struck the other vehicle head-on. The driver of that car, a 22-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene of the fatal Florida car crash. The pickup truck driver was taken to Shands Medical Center in Jacksonville and is in serious condition. The accident victim was wearing her seat belt while the teen, who caused the collision, was not. The FHP indicates that he was driving while intoxicated and charges will likely be filed.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to the friends and family of the young woman killed through no fault of her own.
Drivers who get behind the wheel after driving and are over the legal limit for intoxication, 0.08 percent blood alcohol count (BAC), caused upward of 1,004 fatalities in Florida in 2009, according to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles and Highway Safety. Florida Statute 768.125 states that the party who sells alcohol to an underage drinker can be held liable for any injuries or death that result. A bartender or party host has the responsibility to make sure that everyone served liquor is at least 21, which is the legal drinking age. They can also be held liable if they know the person served is “habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages” and causes injury, damages, or death while intoxicated because there is a foreseeable risk of injury when alcohol is provided to this person.
Unfortunately, a bartender can deny they knew the individual was habitually addicted to alcohol to avoid being held responsible. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident that was caused by an intoxicated driver, the law can be complex. The Florida car accident lawyers at the personal injury law firm of Farah & Farah have experienced auto accident attorneys to advocate for you and your family and the experience to take the at-fault driver all the way to trial. Call our Jacksonville offices at (904) 396-5555 so we can meet and discuss your case.