St. Patrick’s Day is a day of festivities across the United States. People come out to see parades, wear green, and celebrate their Irish heritage (or pretend they are Irish for the day). A big part of this holiday – like so many other holidays – is having drinks with friends and family. Guinness, Irish whiskey, and Irish creme are all flowing on St. Pat’s in bars and at parties.
While the mood of St. Patrick’s Day is often jovial, unfortunately, some people ruin the day by deciding to get behind the wheel of their car after having too much to drink. St. Patrick’s Day is one of many holidays during which police increase their enforcement efforts to catch drunk drivers. Sadly, police cannot catch every intoxicated driver before they crash and cause injuries or even death to other motorists.
Reported statistics rank St. Patrick’s Day as one of the most dangerous days to be on the road and in 2010, drunk driving crashes resulted in a death every 51 minutes on March 17th. If they do survive, victims of drunk driving accidents are often left facing overwhelming losses and challenges related to their injuries, as well as anger the want for justice.
After any car accident, it may be wise to call the police, though this is imperative if you believe the other driver may be under the influence. When the police come to the scene, they can perform field sobriety tests and breathalyzer tests to get a better idea of the driver’s impairment level and/or blood alcohol content (BAC). If the officer decides there is probable cause to believe the driver is over the legal limit, they can arrest the driver, who will then likely face DUI charges under Florida law.
While a criminal conviction and sentence may help to satisfy your sense of justice, it will likely do little to compensate you for your losses, such as medical bills and lost income. In order to recover for those losses, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court and should call an experienced drunk driving accident attorney to discuss your options.