More than 1.2 million drivers are arrested and charged with driving under
the influence of alcohol or drugs every year. These drunk drivers cause
a fatal crash every 51 minutes, leading to the death of more than 10,000
people. In addition, every 90 seconds, someone is injured because of a
These statistics are certainly sobering for all Florida drivers.
DUI accidents in South Florida are often fatal or result in serious and life-threatening
injuries. These accidents result in more than 12,000 injuries across the
state and nearly 700 deaths each and every year. In fact, 29% of all traffic
deaths in Florida in 2012 were the result of a DUI accident—this
represents a 4.9% increase from 2011.
Just this month, Florida police arrested and charged 21-year-old Kayla
Mendoza for causing a fatal wrong-way crash in November 2013 on a South
Florida expressway. Shortly before the fatal DUI crash that killed two
women, Mendoza sent a tweet to her boyfriend that said “2 Drunk
2 Care.” Her blood alcohol level at the time of the accident was
.15 at the time, nearly two times the legal limit. She has spent the last
several months in the hospital recovering from
brain injuries and broken bones, but now she has been hit with several charges, including
DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.
This is not the only deadly DUI accident to make headlines in South Florida
in recent months. In late March, four people were killed in a DUI crash
in Plant City. The driver of a BMW was speeding down S.R.60 when he lost
control of his vehicle and collided head on with the four young adults.
The drunk driver was killed, as well as the three occupants of the car
he collided with: Joseph Vizcarrondo, Lauren Phillips, and Jenna Kelley.
If you were injured in a drunk driving accident, please call our Fort Lauderdale
car accident attorneys at (954) 522-6601 for a