DUI crashes continue to be a very serious problem in West Palm Beach and across Florida. Drivers who choose to drink and drive are endangering the lives of other people sharing the road with them. Intoxication lowers the inhibitions of drivers and causes them to become less cautious, making them more capable of causing serious crashes and harming people – including themselves.
Another suspected DUI crash happened recently in West Palm Beach. An alleged intoxicated 29-year-old man died in a two-car crash after he ran a red light, and his Chevy Express crashed into another vehicle shortly after 3 a.m. on Sept. 13. Authorities said the speeding Chevy was traveling westbound on Okeechobee Boulevard when he ran a red light and collided with a Ford F450 that was making a left turn at the intersection of Okeechobee and Meridian Road. The driver of the Chevy was pronounced dead at the scene. The Ford driver sustained minor injuries. Investigators suspected alcohol played a role in the crash. The toxicology results are pending.
While it appears that the alleged drunk driver was the negligent party in this fatal crash, the investigation is still ongoing. If the alleged drunk driver is proved to be at fault for the accident the deceased driver’s family members have the option to seek the services of Florida personal injury attorney to investigate the potential for filing a wrongful death suit.
Besides potential driver negligence, the vehicle accident attorney may also look into the possibility of filing a negligence claim against a bar, nightclub, or any other establishment that may over-served alcohol to the driver. Under Florida’s dram shop liability laws, drinking establishments may be held legally liable for the injuries caused by a customer who was over-served with alcohol before getting behind the wheel. While these types of cases are not easily won because Florida’s dram shop liability laws are more limited than in many other states, there have been many cases in which drinking establishments have been obligated to compensate crash victims.