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Drunk drivers are perilous for Tampa-area motorcyclists

Drunk drivers present a danger for motorists in the Tampa area and on the roads and highways throughout Florida. Not only is drunk driving responsible for a large number of car accidents each year, it is also the disproportionate cause of a large number of traffic fatalities. Because those on motorcycles are particularly exposed to road hazards, and are on smaller, lighter vehicles, drunk drivers are especially dangerous to motorcyclists.

This month, a man with prior convictions for driving under the influence crashed into a motorcycle while driving drunk. The driver made a left turn into the motorcycle as the motorcycle entered an intersection. The driver of the car fled the scene on foot before police could arrive. A man and a woman who were riding on the motorcycle were ejected from the bike and landed on the pavement.

Both of the motorcyclists were wearing helmets, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was transported to a nearby hospital, where she later died of the injuries she suffered in the accident. The driver of the car was eventually located at his home, brought back to the scene of the accident and arrested. He has been charged with DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of a crash.

Individuals or their loved ones who have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk or impaired driver may be entitled to recover financially for their pain and suffering, property damage, medical bills and other expenses incurred as a result of the accident. The first step to recovering is contacting a lawyer with extensive experience litigating personal injury cases against drunk drivers.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, "FHP: Man with prior DUI convictions drove drunk, killed 2 motorcyclists," Langston Taylor, April 15, 2018

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