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The dangers presented by drunk driving accidents in Florida

Of all the reasons why car accidents occur in Florida, drunk driving is the one that probably makes people shake their heads the most. After all, how irresponsible does a person have to be to consume too much alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car? Don't the people who engage in this dangerous and reckless behavior understand the lives they are putting at risk?

Unfortunately, the answer appears to be a clear no. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over a nine-year period of time - from 2003 to 2012 -8,476 people were killed in Florida when they were involved in a car accident that involved a drunk driver. In fact, in 2012 alone, Florida outpaced the national average in all age groups when it came to the rate of deaths per 100,000 people in drunk driving accidents.

Drivers in Florida also self-reported driving after having too much alcohol to drink at a percentage that was higher than the national average. But, Florida isn't alone in facing the dangers presented by drunk driving. The CDC reports that out of all of the traffic deaths that occur in the United States, about one in three involves drunk driving.

For those who are lucky enough to walk away after an accident that was caused by a drunk driving, there may still be some serious injuries that require ongoing medical treatment. Any Florida resident who has been injured by a drunk driver may need to explore their potential legal options, including the possibility of pursuing a personal injury lawsuit to attempt to recover financial compensation.

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