Tampa Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys
Drunk driving is a serious problem in Florida, and contributes to many fatal and injury accidents every day. In 2004, 39 percent of fatal crashes in the United States were alcohol related. The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration in the United States for drivers 21 years of age or older is .08 g/dL (grams per deciliter) or higher. Additionally, research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that the risk of being killed in a solo-vehicle crash for drivers with a BAC between .05 and .09 is 11 times higher than drivers without any alcohol in their system. Moreover, medical research shows individuals are considered “impaired” at .05 g/dL.
Drunk or buzzed driving is a personal issue to Martin J. Hernandez. In fact, from 2000 to 2004, Mr. Hernandez was a prosecutor for the Office of the State Attorney in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, prosecuting numerous drunk drivers for their offenses. He is familiar with the methods and the law enforcement officer used to prosecute these crimes in criminal court and uses them in representing the victims of DUI.
If you have been injured as a result of a drunk driver getting behind the wheel, we can help you obtain justice and compensation for your injuries.
If you’ve been involved in a drunk driving auto accident that has resulted in a serious injury or wrongful death, call Florida personal injury attorneys at the law offices of Fernandez & Hernandez today. – 813.229.5353
There is a greater likelihood getting hit by a drunk driver around Tampa Bay (Hillsborough and Pinellas counties) than anywhere else in the state as these two counties represent one-sixth of the DUI convictions in the state of Florida and more than Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties together. Now, being involved in an auto accident with a drunk driver is adding insult to injury as this was a senseless crime that could easily have been avoided.
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Both Martin J. Hernandez and Daniel J. Fernandez are previous prosecutors who know how to pursue and attack DUI drivers. Proud sponsors of MADD, our firm recovered the following recent settlements or judgments in alcohol related offenses:
- In 2013, we recovered $1million from a bar who allowed a known alcoholic to drive home after he was over-served alcoholic beverages to the point his blood alcohol level was a 0.35%;
- In 2011, our firm recovered $1.5million when a drunk motorcyclist t-boned another vehicle.
- In 2010, our firm recovered $1million when a drunk and drugged driver killed our 20-year old client in an auto accident.
Importantly, not only will our firm represent you in the civil side, our firm will guide you through the criminal process as well. We will go to court with you if you wish and speak on your behalf to the judges and state prosecutors. Moreover, if the court allows us, we shall pursue punitive damages against the drunk or drugged driver.
Additionally, here are some Florida statistics about DUIs in the State of Florida:
2011 DUI Statistics – According to Florida DMV records there were 33,625 DUI convictions in Florida in 2011. Of the 55,722 DUI tickets issued in Florida in 2011 – 9,328 were issued by the FHP, 23,649 were issued by police departments in Florida, and 21,868 were issued by Florida Sheriffs departments.
2010 Florida DUI Convictions in the large Florida Counties
- Hillsborough County (Tampa) – 3,256
- Miami-Dade – (Miami) – 2,274
- Duval County – (Jacksonville Area) – 2,222
- Pinellas County (St Petersburg) – 1,824
- Palm Beach County (West Palm Beach) – 1,561
- Orange County (Orlando) – 1,383
- Brevard County (Melbourne) – 1,072
- Broward County (Fort Lauderdale) – 985
The law firm of Fernandez & Hernandez, LLC, represents survivors, beneficiaries and their families wrongfully killed by negligent motorists. If your loved failed to survive an auto accident, we encourage you to contact an experienced Tampa accident lawyer at Fernandez & Hernandez. Partners Martin Hernandez and Daniel Fernandez assist the beneficiaries, dependents, and families of those who died due to the negligence of others. Bear in mind, it is important not to talk with any insurance company until you speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who has your best interest at hand.
If you or a loved one was killed or injured in an auto accident which was caused or contributed by a drunk or drugged driver, contact the law firm of Fernandez & Hernandez, LLC today. – 813.229.5353
The Fernandez & Hernandez Firm’s lawyers handle personal injury drunk driving accident cases throughout the entire Tampa, South Tampa & West Tampa area. Areas we service include Town ‘n’ Country, Brandon, Riverview, West Tampa, West Chase, Hyde Park, Culbreath, West Shore, Palma Ceia, Gulfview, 33635, 33615, 33634, 33626, 33625, 33508, 33509, 33510, 33511,33568, 33569, 33578, 33579 & all of Hillsborough County and the state of Florida.