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Drunk Driving Accident Leads to DUI Manslaughter Charges for Driver

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on August 27, 2013

Florida Highway Patrol officials recently filed DUI manslaughter charges against a Leesburg man in connection with a drunk driving accident that claimed the life of his passenger. Troopers say that the accident occurred around 2:45 a.m. on County Road 452 near Lake Yale Baptist Assembly Road near Umatilla in Lake County when the driver lost control of his 1996 Ford SUV, drove onto the shoulder, overcorrected and rolled several times. His passenger, a 31-year-old Lady Lake man, was ejected from the SUV during the accident and was rolled over by the vehicle when he landed. The driver was booked into the Lake County Jail and released on $50,500 bail.

The loss of a loved one is a traumatic time for any family, but their suffering is much worse when they learn that a fatal accident occurred due to someone’s negligence. In this case, the driver of the SUV was certainly negligent when he got behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, endangering himself, his passenger and anyone sharing the road with him.

Although no amount of compensation can replace the life of a loved one, damages awarded in a wrongful death suit or a negotiated settlement can provide much-needed help for family members. Damages can help pay for medical and funeral expenses, reduce financial hardship by replacing income that the victim would have provided, pay for counseling and help victims in many other ways while they deal with their loss.

James O. Cunningham is an Orlando personal injury attorney who has been helping grieving families for over 35 years. Using his experience as a wrongful death lawyer, Mr. Cunningham listens carefully and compassionately to family members and helps guide them through the legal process. This allows them to focus on healing while he builds an effective case against the negligent party or parties that caused their grief. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one and would like to speak with Mr. Cunningham, call him today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) to schedule a free consultation. He has law offices located throughout Central Florida and can meet with you at the location nearest you.

James O. Cunningham

Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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