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Nicoletti Walker Law Group Nov. 22, 2014

Last month, a 31-year-old man driving on Florida A1A in Jacksonville Beach at around 12:30 a.m. struck another car and killed the driver and himself. The man apparently crossed the median and drove into the oncoming lane. The man then smashed into another car driven by a Florida kindergarten teacher. The car crash killed the teacher instantly. The woman taught at students at Sadie T. Tillis Elementary School since 2010.

The man, however, appeared to survive the initial impact. Firefighters had to cut the man out of his car and air ambulance transported the man to UF Health Jacksonville. The man died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

According the police the man had been driving at an excessive speed when he crossed the median. The toxicology results showed that the man at a blood alcohol concentration of .33—more than 4 times Florida’s legal limit of .08. This accident was not the first time that the man had issues with driving under the influence.

Police arrested the man in 2007 for careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. In 2010, police also arrested the man for driving under the influence after the police pulled the man over for leaving a Jacksonville Beach bar and driving without using his headlights. Again, the man had a blood alcohol concentration well above the legal limit. The man had a BAC of .21.

As a result of the prior arrests, the man had his driver’s license suspended. In addition, the man had been ordered to stop drinking and told to install a device on his car that would not start the car unless he was sober. At the time of the accident, the man’s driver’s license had been suspended. Unfortunately for the teacher, the efforts to stop the man from drinking and driving were not enough.

Car accidents and injuries occur every day throughout Florida and the United States. Some of these accidents are unavoidable; however, many car accidents could have been prevented if drivers took more caution when operating their vehicles. Nevertheless, despite the legal system’s, or other groups’, best efforts to prevent people from drinking and driving, people will also drink and drive. And tragically, some innocent driver on the road will be the victim of another person’s negligent or reckless conduct. If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, contact a Florida car accident attorney to find out how to protect your rights.

Pinellas County Car Crash Statistics for 2014

As of 19 November 2014, there have been nearly 15,000 car crashes in Pinellas County. Nearly 6,000 people have been injured in these accidents. Furthermore, these accidents have killed 92 people. In addition, these car crashes have involved a little more than 8,600 instances of property damage. Each month, there are around 1,400 car crashes throughout Pinellas County.

Contact a St. Petersburg Car Accident Attorney

All of these numbers show that car accidents occur far too frequently and can have devastating consequences for innocent drivers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, a St. Petersburg car accident attorney at Mike Walker Law can help you with your case. Contact our car accident attorneys today to find out how to obtain the compensation you deserve. We provide a free initial consultation and case evaluation.