Fort Myers Car Accident Lawyer Representing Clients Injured in Drunk Driving Crashes
If you or a family member has suffered injury or death caused by a drunk driver, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. immediately at (888) 477-4839. Our Fort Myers car accident lawyer has handled countless cases involving accidental injuries and death caused by drunk drivers. Florida has special laws in place to help the victims of drunk driving accidents. Florida Law provides for punitive damages in cases where an intoxicated driver has caused injury or death to a person. Let us help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
How We Help DUI Victims
The Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. proudly represents victims of drunk driving accidents. Randall Spivey passionately advocates for the rights of those who have suffered an injury or wrongful death caused by an intoxicated driver, and he has achieved record verdicts and settlements against drunk drivers in court. Often times, the families who have been injured or killed by drunk drivers do not feel that the punishment that the criminal system gives to the drunk driver is sufficient. This can often lead to feelings that justice has not been served. The good news for these victims of drunk drivers is that Florida Law allows them to bring a civil claim against the drunk driver and his or her insurance company.
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Contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. immediately to schedule a free consultation if you or a family member has suffered injury or death caused by a drunk or impaired driver. There are no fees or costs unless you win. Our Fort Myers car accident lawyer is ready to help you seek justice now.
Please visit our settlements and verdicts to view the results in some of the Florida DUI Accident cases and other cases handled by Randall Spivey.
Please visit www.HurtByDrunkDriver.com, a special website established by the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., dedicated to helping victims of drunk drivers.
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The National Safety Council (NSC) says, “Impairment begins with the first drink.” Even though every state in the U.S. has the limit at which a driver is legally impaired at 0.08, research has shown that a majority of drivers have deteriorated driving performance significantly lower by the time the blood alcohol level (BAC) reaches this level.
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a report, “High-Risk Impaired Drivers: Combating a Critical Threat” which focuses on the challenges and opportunities associated with the high-risk impaired driver (HRID), a person who lacks the restraint or self-control to resist driving impaired.
Senators Rick Scott and Tom Udall introduced a bill, backed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), requiring automobile makers to build cars and trucks with passive detection systems to prevent vehicles from operating when an impaired driver is behind the wheel. With new technology, a push is underway to pass this federal legislation.
A concerned motorist witnessed an SUV, with minors in the vehicle, sideswiping a tractor-trailer and reported the incident to authorities. The police later arrested the drunk driver. Following the accident, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) condemned drunk driving again in a press release.
Thanksgiving is the time where families and friends celebrate with one another with food and merriment in anticipation of the upcoming holidays. The National Safety Council (NSC) reported that 463 people died on Thanksgiving in 2017.
If you or a loved one is planning on viewing football games, and alcohol is part of the plan, please be responsible.
The second Arizona Cardinals’ executive this year was recently arrested for drunk driving. The Cardinal organization suspended its executive vice president and chief operating officer for at least six weeks without compensation and fined him $200,000.
On August 23, 2019, a jury imposed a $30.8 million verdict on two Florida bars for the devastating brain damage a woman suffered in a hit-and-run accident, following a night of underage drinking.
A new Mothers Against Drunk Driving Court Monitoring Report issued in May 2019 showed that 61 percent (3 out of 5) of drunk drivers are convicted of their charges. The nationwide average was collected by court monitors in 12 states.
MADD says that ignition interlocks have stopped more than 3 million U.S. drunk-driving attempts since 2006.
Alcohol is the most widely used substance among America’s teens and young adults, and parents can do things to keep them safe.
Driving under the influence of drugs is a major issue for Southwest Florida, and we join in applauding our law enforcement officials in their efforts to make our roads safer for everyone.
Spring Break is a time for young people to relax together and enjoy good times. During these good times, many believe that Spring Break runs on group mentality.
Alcohol use remains a major factor in traffic accidents. Based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every 48 minutes there is an alcohol-impaired traffic fatality in the United States.
We must get the message out to the community that even if marijuana is medically legal to use, it is not legal to drive under the influence. Lives are changed forever by this irresponsible action on the part of some drivers.
Every day we hear about at least one drunk-driving accident in Florida. Lives are changed forever - not only the victim’s life but also the life of the negligent drunk driver.
Alcohol-impaired and drug-impaired drivers are a danger to our community and need to be stopped. If you encounter an impaired driver, there are things you can do to protect yourself and others on our roads.
Planning a time out with friends and family must include plans for a designated driver first. This cannot be taken lightly or handled by chance. Once a potential driver becomes inebriated, the thought of a designated driver, most likely, will not enter the person’s mind.
A new study by researchers reported in the Journal of American Osteopathic Association said that it is easy to convince college students that if they reduce their alcohol consumption they can improve their grades and relationships with others. However, changing the habit is not so easy.
In a July 18, 2018 press release, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) applauded the Arizona Cardinals' decision to impose a five-week suspension and $200,000 fine for General Manager Steve Keim’s “dangerous decision to drive drunk.”
Legislation related to Florida’s recent legalization of medicinal marijuana directed the FDOT to create statewide impaired-driving education, to establish baseline data on the number of marijuana-related DUI citations, traffic arrests, accidents and fatalities, and to track those figures annually.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported 5,223 confirmed alcohol-related crashes in 2016 alone. Of those incidents, 1,971 resulted in injury, and 461 caused at least one fatality. Victims of drunk-driving crashes have rights under Florida law.
Even though alcohol-related driving deaths have decreased since the inception of the 2000 law making it illegal to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol level) of 0.08 percent or higher, alcohol is still involved in 37 percent of all traffic deaths, according to the National Institutes of Health.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about a quarter of car crashes involve an underage drinking driver. In addition to the legal consequences of a DUI, the effects are far more extensive and can change lives forever.
MADD’s 2018 Report to the Nation ranks all states based on ignition interlock laws, sobriety checkpoints, ALR (automatic license revocation), child endangerment, and no refusal.
On January 17, 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) issued a press release that says, “Despite progress in recent decades, more than 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities occur each year in the U.S.”
The DUI accident involving a New England Patriots rookie linebacker, Harvey Langi, his wife Cassidy, and three others bring up the danger again of driving while using drugs.
There appears to be a trend that is disturbing. Young people are bragging about drinking and driving and frequently post about deadly crashes via social media. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) wants this trend to stop.
On September 13, 2017, MADD commended the U.S. DOT and Secretary Elaine Chao for recognizing the potential of saving lives on America's roadways.
As colleges and universities begin the new school year, many Freshmen will be leaving homes for the first time. This is a time when they may celebrate their independence and ability to make their own decisions. The decisions they make may have ramifications on their futures.
MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) reports that in 2015 10,265 people were killed and approximately 290,000 were injured in DUI accidents. DUI drivers are not the only ones who can be held responsible.
The high-profile arrest of golf legend, Tiger Woods, brought to the public's attention that drugged driving is on the rise.
53 percent of eighth graders say it's "fairly to very easy" to get alcohol as did 71 percent of tenth graders.
DUI accidents are not "accidents." They are preventable. When a victim is severely injured or killed because of the choice a person makes to drive while under the influence, the impact is more than significant. The victim suffers. The victim's family and friends suffer.
There is always a victim of DUI accidents. We all know them or read or hear about them in the media. These are the defenseless men, women, and children affected by drugged or drunk drivers. There are many questions victims have when they enter our offices, and we are prepared to answer them.
MADD's press release January 5, 2017, titled, New Study Finds Ignition Interlocks Reduce Fatal Drunk Driving Crashes by 7 Percent applauds “the new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.”
On January 3 Amendment 2, expanding qualifying medical conditions for marijuana became effective in Florida. Using marijuana for medical reasons is now legal in nearly half of the states in the U.S. These laws have raised serious concerns about drug-impaired driving.
This is the season of shopping and celebrating. Many friends and families gather for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s get-togethers. It is a time of joy and peace. Unfortunately, a dramatic increase in DUI offenses and alcohol-related highway deaths has also become a tradition of the season.
Between Monday, August 4 and Sunday, August 10, 2014, just six days, seventeen people in Lee County were arrested for DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs) according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
The CDC reports that the average drunk driver has been drunk 80 times before his/her first arrest. Over a lifetime, one in three people will be involved in alcohol-related accidents.
In a press release issued on May 14, 2013, Deborah A.P. Hersman, NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) Chairman, said, "Most Americans think that we've solved the problem of impaired driving, but in fact, it's still a national epidemic. On average, every hour one person is killed, and 20 more are injured."
NBC News Reporter, Lester Holt reported Monday, June 10, 2013 that a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey) finds that 40 percent of "designated drivers" drink before driving and nearly 20 percent say they drink so much it significantly impairs their ability to drive.
Knowing what to do before and after an accident is important to maintaining your rights and obtaining the best possible monetary settlements or verdicts.
April is the NCADD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.) "Alcohol Awareness Month".
Help Prevent DUI Accidents - How to Be a Responsible Host and Party-goer
Randall Spivey, Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. reminds, "As hosts, we have the responsibility of being sure our guests not only have a good time but also are around to share in future festivities. To do this we need to be responsible. I've seen first-hand the results of what happens when people drink and drive. It's tragic. That's why I'd like to share with you some tips on How to be a Responsible Host and Party-goer."