Sarasota High on List of Fatal State DUI Motor Vehicle Accidents

Drunk driving accidents are a danger throughout Florida. People driving under the influence can cause injuries and death by getting behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs.

Researchers examine data in each state and throughout the nation to determine which local areas are at the highest risk for drunk driving accidents so as to formulate strategies to combat the problem. In Florida, the results indicate that certain areas were at higher risk than others.

Researchers at ValuePenguin say that Sarasota is one of the locations people should be particularly concerned about encountering a driver who is under the influence. Overall, there was a 6% reduction in DUI fatalities between 2012 and 2017. In total, 515 fatalities because of DUI happened in 2017, which is the latest year for which National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics are available.

Sarasota was one of the four areas that had a rise in fatal DUI motor vehicle accidents between 2012 and 2017. Moreover, for every 100,000 residents in Sarasota from 2015 to 2017, there were, on average, 12.2 such fatalities. That is double the next two locations, Lakeland and Jacksonville, and makes Sarasota the most dangerous metro area in Florida when it comes to drunk driving deaths.

With the potential damage an auto accident can do, it is essential for those who have been impacted to understand what steps they should take after it has happened. With injuries, people can have major medical expenses, lost time on the job and have a radically changed life. If there is a fatality, the family will have funeral costs and the personal and emotional aftermath to deal with. A legal filing is frequently the only way to receive sufficient compensation. Victims should consider consulting a law firm experienced in helping people after DUI motor vehicle accidents.