A driver traveling the wrong way down a one-way street in downtown Orlando who had to be cut out of his automobile after an accident may now face DUI charges, according to Orlando police. Police say the recent accident closed the intersection of Garland Avenue and Amelia Street for an hour after the man rolled his Toyota with such force that firefighters had to cut the roof off the car to extract the man and treat him for injuries. If blood tests indicate that the man was legally drunk at the time, the accident scene is especially ironic to Orlando police. The location was the site of a press conference earlier that day where they announced a campaign to step up enforcement of drivers driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Fortunately, no other people or vehicles were involved in the accident. The man was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to the most recent data available from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FDHSMV), alcohol was a contributing factor in auto accidents that claimed 265 lives and injured 2,171 people in 2010. That same year, accidents caused by drivers under the influence and alcohol and drugs killed 73 people and injured 385 more. As previously mentioned, the man under suspicion of DUI in this accident only injured himself, but as you can see from the FDHSMV statistics, many Floridians are not so lucky. They are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when a negligent drunk driver causes an accident that injuries or kills them.
James O. Cunningham and other Orlando personal injury attorneys would like to see state lawmakers pass tougher legislation against drunk drivers. However, they also know from experience that some drivers will continue to drink and drive and endanger others no matter how many DUI convictions they have on their record. When drunk drivers injure people, they have a right to seek damages against the driver, and few Orlando drunk driving accident lawyers have a better record of helping clients receive the fair and just compensation they deserve than Mr. Cunningham does. If you or a close family member has been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver and you want to speak with an aggressive Orlando personal injury lawyer with a proven record of success, call 800-425-2004 today to schedule your free consultation.
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.
Connect with James O. Cunningham on Google+