Scientists Recommend Lowering The Blood Alcohol Levels On Drunk Drivers
At Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh we have been fighting to protect Florida residents for a combined 100 years. In that time we have seen the devastating impact of drunk driving accidents. We’ve watched families struggle after losing their loved ones, people’s career ruined because their injuries were so severe they couldn’t work, and the immense pain and suffering these accidents have caused. Even worse, we’ve seen how insurance companies manipulate Florida law to help their clients get away with this damage.
Every year in the state of Florida, drunk drivers cause an average of 11,000 injuries and 800 deaths. These are some of the highest rates of drunk driving accident injuries and fatality rates in the country. We believe many of these accidents are preventable with better laws and more enforcement, so we support lowering the threshold for drunk driving to help prevent anymore of these tragic incidents.
Drunk Driving Accident Reduction Is Backed By Science
A recent study conducted by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine found that lowering the state blood alcohol levels could significantly reduce the number of injuries and deaths as a result of drunk driving accidents. The study looked at blood alcohol content (BAC) laws across the states and the efficacy of past regulations. They found that between the 1980s and 2000s, when states enacted a variety of laws including lowering the BAC limit, raising the drinking age to 21, and other state measures like checkpoints, had a significant progress on reducing drunk driving accidents.
New Recommendations For The BAC
The scientists also looked at 100 other countries to see the impacts of the their laws. They also investigated how the increased availability and variety of alcohol products has impacted the drunk driving rates. They found that in countries that had a BAC threshold level of .05 or lower had an overall reduction of accidents by 50% within ten years. Looking at all the data, the scientists ultimately concluded that all states should lower their BAC thresholds to 0.05. In the state of Florida our legal BAC level is 0.08.
New Legal Recommendations
The panel also found that increasing taxes on alcohol sales could lead to a 11% decrease in accident crash deaths. Furthermore, with so many drunk driving accidents caused by people driving below the legal limit, they also recommend stricter enforcement of sales to minors. They also recommend reducing alcohol marketing and creating anti-alcohol campaigns. These tactics were very effective in reducing smoking.
The Legal Complications Of Drunk Driving Accidents In Florida
Improving our laws can really help drunk driving victims seek better restitution. As it currently stands, if a drunk driver has under the legal limit of 0.08, they can pursue damages under our comparative fault laws. Lowering the legal limit would help protect victims of drunk driving accidents and ensure they have a better chance of getting a fair settlement from the accident. So not only would these recommendations help prevent accidents to begin with, they would better serve to protect the remaining victims of drunk driving accidents.
What To Do If You’re In A Drunk Driving Accident
Until there are new laws, we still have to contend with the high rates of drunk driving incidents and complex laws of the state of Florida. So if you’ve been hit by a drunk driver, you need to talk to one of our experience attorneys to help ensure you are protected. We’ve represented hundreds of drunk driving victims in Southwest Florida and have fought to get the justice they deserve. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help fight for you.