A tragic DUI motorcycle accident resulted in a wrongful death on i-75 in Riverview on September 16, 2019. Florida Highway Patrol has reported that a 35-year-old Tampa man was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when he rear ended a motorcyclist while driving on south I-75 in Tampa Bay. In a horrible sequence of events the motorcycle rider was ejected from his bike and the motorcycle caught fire. The driver of the motorcycle victim died at the scene. This was a hit and run motorcycle accident as the at fault driver fled the scene and was later located and arrested by police at Lowe’s on Gibsonton Drive in Riverview.
The Frank Santini Law Firm thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family.
For reasons Floridians are yet to understand, there are comparably more drunk driving car accidents in Florida than the rest of the United States. From 2003 through 2012, nearly 9,000 people died from alcohol-related auto accidents in Florida. In the same time frame, Florida averaged 8 wrongful deaths from DUI accidents per 100,000 people for the 21 – 34 age range, while the national average for the same age range was only 6.7 per 100,000 (source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC.gov). When discussing drinking and driving wrongful death car crashes, it is important to understand that, under Florida law, drinking and driving refers to a driver having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over .08%. Under the Florida DUI law, a driver is considered legally “drunk” if his or her blood alcohol concentration exceeds .08%.
For readers of this article, it may come as no surprise that our Riverview personal injury lawyers receive many inquiries about DUI car accidents. One in three car wreck deaths involve a DWI. Our motorcycle accident lawyers at The Frank Santini Law Firm implore our friends to please exercise diligence and caution around motorcycles traveling in greater Tampa Bay.
The Tampa wrongful death lawyers at our law firm offer free consultations for innocent victims in Apollo Beach, Parrish, Gibsonton, Riverview, Brandon and through Florida.. If you or your loved one has been the victim of a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call us today for a free consultation at (813) 445-6121. If you are unable to make it to our office, one of our car accident lawyers can visit you in your home or hospital.