Florida Woman Faces Charges After Hitting Trooper in DUI Accident

Florida DUI accidentAccording to a Miami Herald report on September 9, 2013, a woman was charged with a DUI (driving under the influence) after hitting a Florida Highway patrol car near Tampa on the Interstate 4 exit ramp leading to northbound I-275. The trooper was parked on a travel lane on the ramp to prevent drivers from exiting the highway because of construction on I-275. His emergency lights were flashing. The woman failed to slow down and hit the rear of the patrol car. The officer was taken to Tampa General Hospital with minor injuries. The woman was arrested and taken to the Hillsborough County jail where she faces DUI charges.

A DUI accident is a serious charge in Florida, as in all 50 states. It means you are a drunk driver, under the influence of alcohol or drugs. You might also face personal injury charges. The driver in the above incident was immediately suspected of driving under the influence because she crashed into the rear of a police car. However, you might also be stopped on suspicion of DUI for less obvious reasons, such as crossing into another lane or failing to pause at a stop sign. If you are stopped on suspicion of drunk driving, you may be asked to take a roadside test, such as walking a straight line with one foot directly in front of the other.

That test may be followed at the police station or hospital by a breathalyzer test or by blood being drawn to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC). If it is .08 or higher (.08 g alcohol per 100 ml blood), you will probably be charged with a DUI. You may protest that you are not drunk and you may refuse the tests. To refuse is against the law in Florida, so if you do, you may lose your license for one year, providing it is only your first offense.

A DUI accident can often lead to personal injury charges and jail time. If you have had a DUI accident in Florida and are convicted of a first offense, these are the penalties:

  • $500-$1,000; a BAC of more than .15 increases the fine to $1,000-$2,000
  • 180 days-1 year license suspension
  • 6 months in jail; 9 months with a BAC of >.15
  • 50 hours community service
  • 10-day vehicle impound

If you are involved in a DUI accident in Florida and the other party has been suspected of or charged with a DUI, you may need to see help from a personal injury attorney. Even if you just have questions or are not sure how to pursue compensation against a drunk driver, personal injury attorneys are familiar with the state’s drunk driving laws and know how to approach getting compensation against a drunk driver.

Getting into a DUI accident and facing a drunk driver can be life-altering. Often, there is serious property damage, critical injuries, and sometimes even wrongful death. You do not have to face these tragedies alone; contact Attorney Group for Florida. We can answer your questions and connect you with a personal injury attorney that can guide you through the process, all at no charge to you. So contact Attorney Group for Florida today to take the guesswork out of finding an attorney that will be on your side.