Tampa Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
The Distasio Law Firm is dedicated to representing clients in wrongful death and personal injury claims involving drunk driving accidents throughout Tampa and the surrounding areas in Florida. By providing aggressive representation and personalized attention, Attorney Distasio assists accident victims and their families in recovering maximum compensation for their injuries and losses. If you or someone you know has been injured in a drunk driving accident in Tampa, contact our firm for a free case evaluation.
In the state of Florida, drunk driving or driving under the influence (DUI) is a very serious criminal offense. Drunk driving is defined as driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, or driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher. People who choose to drive drunk place their lives and the lives of others at great risk. When a person operates a motor vehicle while under the influence, they lack the coordination and abilities they would normally have if they were sober. In legal terms, they are considered incapacitated, and should not be on the road at all.
Drunk Driving Accident Statistics
People who drive drunk are very likely to cause a serious motor vehicle accident. In fact, many drunk driving accidents are classified as catastrophic, if not fatal. After a person is involved in a drunk driving accident, he/she has a greater chance of sustaining serious bodily injuries than he/she would have sustained if he/she were involved in non-alcohol related motor vehicle accident. After a person has caused a drunk driving accident, he/she will not only face criminal prosecution, but also may false civil action from injured parties or their families. Additionally, drunk drivers face sentence enhancements if they are convicted because the state of Florida has zero tolerance when it comes to driving under the influence.
- In 2006, nearly 17,602 people died while involved in DUI accidents.
- Of the 17, 602 people that died, over 13,470 had an illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
- In the past 10 years, 250,000 people in the United States have died from drunk driving accidents.
- Alcohol related accidents are the number one cause of death for Americans ages 16 to 24 years old.
- 80% of all DUI accidents occur between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.
Being seriously injured or losing a loved one to a drunk driver can be emotionally devastating and financially devastating as well. In the midst of the physical and emotional trauma, there is the knowledge that if that driver had been more cautious or had simply hired a taxi that your life would not be ruined. Distasio understands what his clients are going through and firmly believes that they have the right to seek to hold the drunk driver responsible for his or her actions in civil court.
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By conducting a thorough investigation, interviewing witnesses, reviewing physical evidence, and working with expert witnesses, Tampa accident attorney Scott Distasio will do whatever it takes to provide the highest quality representation to clients in the wake of serious drunk driving accidents. Contact Tampa drunk driving accident lawyer Scott Distasio today!