What happens after a drunk driving accident?

What happens after a drunk driving accident? If someone drinks and drives, he or she may get caught by the police and have to do a field sobriety test that leads to a Breathalyzer if the authorities see that the field sobriety test was unsuccessful. This goes on the person’s record and is classified as a “driving under the influence” charge. Drunk driving accidents cause … Read More

Florida’s dram shop law

Florida’s dram shop laws are laws regarding the liability of those that sell or serve alcohol. Specifically, as explained by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, it is a law that holds someone liable if he or she sells alcohol to a minor or visibly intoxicated person who later is involved in a car accident that injures or hurts someone else. Not every state has such laws, … Read More

Help for drunk driving accident victims

Unfortunately, Florida is no stranger to drunk driving accidents. As a driver, you may be concerned about what would happen if you were a victim of a drunk driver. We understand your concern at Frank P. Bianco, P.A. That is why we want you to be aware of the support that is available to drunk driving victims. As noted by the Office for Victims of … Read More

Drunk driving accident rates spike around holidays

Holidays are often a time to get together and enjoy friends and family, so there is a lot of extra traffic on Florida roadways. Celebrations also commonly include alcoholic beverages. Add to this that overindulgence is often a key to any celebration, and it is not surprising that holidays are known for a higher level of drunk driving accidents than any other time of the … Read More

Are breathalyzer smartphone devices accurate?

As a Florida driver, you want to avoid driving while under the influence of alcohol and hope that others behind the wheel are doing the same. New devices are on the market that can be used with your smartphone to check your blood alcohol level. The accuracy of these devices, though, is questionable. TODAY reviewed some of the more popular breathalyzer smartphone devices and found that … Read More

How severe is the drunk driving problem in Florida?

In order to understand how serious the problem of drinking and driving is in Florida, it helps to look at statistics regarding fatal alcohol-related crashes. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, include any accident where a driver had a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more, which is the state’s legal limit, and resulted in a fatality. In 2015, there were 797 fatal … Read More

Strategies to keep drunk drivers off the road

Driving while inebriated is a large problem in the state of Florida.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2003-2012, the state reported that crashes involving drunk drivers killed over 8,400 people. To reduce this statistic, the state may employ a number of different strategies. Federal law states that a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher cannot … Read More

Are ignition interlock devices effective?

If you are convicted of a first-time drunk driving offense in Florida, and your blood alcohol content is 0.15 or higher, you will be ordered to install an ignition interlock device in your car. IIDs are designed to make it impossible to operate your vehicle if you have been drinking. Recently, there have been calls to mandate the use of IIDs for all people convicted … Read More

Drunk driving and designated drivers

Driving under the influence of alcohol and other substances continues to be a serious public safety problem on Florida roads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 2.1 percent of Florida adults said they drank to excess before getting behind the wheel in 2012. That may not seem like such a large percentage to many, but the grim reality is that drunk driving accidents claimed … Read More

Applebee’s partly responsible for drunk driving accident

Just about everyone in Tampa has heard the dangers of drinking and driving. Under state law, it is also illegal for people under the age of 21 to consume alcohol, but many choose to ignore that law. Not only does this put themselves at risk, but the risk of anyone who is riding with them. If the underage drinkers received the alcohol at a place … Read More

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