Drunk drivers are a hazard to themselves and anyone unfortunate enough to be in their path. When a drunk driver in a passenger vehicle or truck hits a motorcycle, the biker is not likely to escape injury.
This past April, a 29-year old Florida motorcyclist from Cantonment was killed in an alleged Florida DUI accident on Highway 90 in Pace. According to a Northwest Florida Daily News article, a 49-year old car driver ran over the FL motorcyclist and then fled. Sadly, the Florida motorcycle accident victim died on the scene. A Santa Rosa County Deputy Sheriff who was off duty witnessed the accident and followed the hit and run suspect. Since the suspect was found to be under the influence of alcohol after his arrest, he was charged with vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.
That same month, an alleged drunk driver in Orange County, Florida killed a 38-year old Florida Corrections Officer who was riding his motorcycle home from work. An Orlando Sentinel article says the motorcycle accident occurred on Chuluota Road near Cypress Lake Boulevard. A 28-year old Lexus driver made a left turn into the motorcyclist, which caused the victim to be thrown from his bike. The car driver, who was suspected of driving while under the influence, was arrested for the death of the Florida motorcyclist.
According these news articles, both of these Florida motorcycle accident victims were wearing helmets at the time of the accidents.
In Florida, like most states, it is a DUI offense to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more. Penalties for a DUI conviction in Florida include fines, vehicle impoundment, community service, probation, jail time, or a prison sentence. Drunk drivers who injure or kill someone may also be charged with a felony.
Motorcycle accidents are devastating for the victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a Florida drunk driving motorcycle accident, our experienced Florida motorcycle attorneys can help you get compensation for your injuries or losses so you can move forward with your life. We have motorcycle attorneys available to help in any Florida city including Fort Lauderdale, Clearwater, Jacksonville, and Panama City. Call us at 1-800-BIKERS today.
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