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According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2009, Florida ranked 3rd in the nation for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) fatality rates in both adults and underage drinkers. The Sun-Sentinel reported that Floridians recorded more than 700 drunk driving deaths in 2012.

Some of the holidays and events that often lead to heaving drinking and increased risk of DUI’s are Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Whether a holiday, a wedding, a date night, or a business networking event, excessive drinking can lead to drunk driving and preventable car crashes.

In addition to choosing not to drink and drive, people who drink but also drive to their destination now have some new options beyond calling a taxi, which doesn’t get your car home, or AAA’s Tow-to- Go, which operates during certain holidays and times of the year.

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Florida cities, including Panama City, Daytona Beach, Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, South Beach – Miami, and Key West, are major destinations for spring breakers and tourists looking for warm sunshine and fun.

Whether by car or by air, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Florida each year to visit its miles of white sandy beaches, theme parks, restaurants, and bars. Some schools and colleges start spring break as early as the last week in February, and it runs through the end of March. According to TripSmarter.com, the two busiest weeks are March 10-17 and March 17-21.

Some common spring break dangers include:

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Burlington County, Pa. – Our Miami, Florida personal injury lawyers have handled many cases where a car accident caused by drinking and driving left a wake of devastation. In this case, a man from Burlington County was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after he caused a fatal car accident on I-295 Saturday morning. A spokesman from the state police said that 21 year old Timothy Reese of Mount Laurel hit and killed Michael Thomas, 52, of Willingboro, who was standing behind his car, which he had pulled partially onto the left shoulder near Milepost 31 in Lawnside Borough about 4:25 a.m.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a drunk driving motor vehicle acident, contact a Miami, Fl accident lawyer today for a free consultation about your case.

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Miami – 19-year-old University of Miami student Ivanna Villanueva spent the summer partying at trendy South Beach night clubs Wall, LIV and Arkadia. However, last month the college freshman’s nightly escapades turned deadly when her car collided with another vehicle, killing the driver, 68-year-old McDonald’s manager and grandmother Eyder Ayala. Our Miami, Fl. car accident lawyers, know how to locate critical evidence to prove this type of case.

Receipts show that at 2 a.m. on the night of the crash Villanueva purchased two shots of Patron silver tequila at Arkadia night club. Court documents show that earlier in the evening she was at Sugarcane Raw Bar in Midtown. Prosecutors say she had also been to LIV, a swank night club located in the Fontainebleau known for attracting celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan.

Villanueva headed home at nearly 4:30 a.m. on Sunday Oct. 2. Her 2011 Audi Q5 sped down Le Jeune Road in Coral Gables at over 80 mph, 40 mph over the posted speed limit. At the same time, Eyder Ayala was returning home from working the night shift as a manager at McDonald’s in her Ford Focus.

Ayala was driving in the inside lane on Le Jeune Road when police say Villanueva crashed into her with such force that the trunk of Ayala’s Ford was crushed into the passenger compartment. The impact was so strong that the cars were propelled 400 feet past the point of the collision.

Ayala’s car was completely crushed so that witnesses could not open the windows or doors to attempt to rescue her. By the time emergency vehicles arrived, Ayala was dead due to excessive trauma to her forehead.

Villanueva’s blood alcohol level measured .231; over three times the legal limit. Police also found a fake driver’s license and what they suspect to be a bag of marijuana in her car.
Villanueva was arraigned on Oct. 25 and has been charged with DUI manslaughter and a third-degree felony count for carrying a fake ID. She faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Villanueva pleaded not guilty and remains under house arrest with a tracking ankle bracelet. She is permitted to attend classes at UM where she is a Communications major.
Ayala’s family has hired Miami, Fl wrongful death lawyers to file a lawsuit.

Florida ranks third in the nation for DUI fatality rates for both adult and underage drivers. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the probability of a fatal accident rises significantly after the 0.05 blood alcohol level is reached. Furthermore, drivers under the age of 21 are more vulnerable to the impairing effects of alcohol than older drivers, increasing the chances that a collision with a teenager driver under the influence of alcohol will be fatal.
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Miami Beach, Florida – Mario Reyes, 59, was killed Saturday while crossing the street when he was hit by a Bentley driven by NFL wide receiver, Donte Stallworth.

Initial reports indicate that Stallworth may have been driving while under the influence of alcohol at the time although blood alcohol test results have not yet been released.

Reyes was described by his brother-in-law, Francisco Fajardo as a family man who spent all of his free time with his wife of almost twenty years, Catalina and their fifteen year old daughter, Daniela.

Renier Calana, who worked with Reyes unloading cargo containers at the Port of Miami for Bernuth Agencies, a shipping company, told reporters that Reyes was going to the bus stop.

Stallworth signed a $35 million contract with the Cleveland Browns before last season and was scheduled to receive a $4,750,000 signing bonus on Friday.

While no amount of money can ever replace a husband or father, Florida’s wrongful death statute provides an avenue for Mr. Reyes’ family to recover monetary compensation which can help family members pay for the funereal and cope with the lost household income.
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Panama City, Florida – A car / motorcycle accident left one man dead in Wakulla County, Florida just before 8:00 am Monday morning. The accident happened on Highway 98 at Wakulla Beach Road.

A Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson said Crawfordville resident, Gary Wade Blake was killed when a car turned left and crossed into the path of his motorcycle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Blake was 58 years old.

Troopers said the other driver, Tallahassee resident, Junior Michael Johnson, was arrested and charged with D-U-I Manslaughter and driving with a revoked license.

The Florida accident lawyers at our lawfirm handle all type of motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle accidents, throughout the state of Florida and we know how devastating they can be to the families of those injured or killed.
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Naples, Florida – A Naples woman was killed in an automobile accident when a drunk driver hit her late Monday night as she rode her bicycle along US-41, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver fled the scene.

The hit and run accident occurred just south of Imperial Golf Course Boulevard shortly after 11 pm.

An FHP spokesperson said Maria Alba Alvarez-Hernandez was riding southbound in the bicycle lane when she was struck by a pickup truck driven by 33-year-old Robert James Bacon of Naples.

The impact threw Alvarez-Hernandez onto the sidewalk. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
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