WWI Could Impact Your Naples Pedestrian Accident Claim

by Carmen Dellutri on October 3, 2013

Naples accident attorneyWalking while intoxicated, or WWI, is becoming a serious pubic safety concern in Naples and throughout Southwest Florida. Just like when driving, alcohol impairs a pedestrian’s perception, decision-making, and coordination.

A recent report by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration highlights the extent of the problem. It found that 37 percent of the pedestrians killed in 2011 had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .08 g/dL or higher, which is above the legal limit. By comparison, 13 percent of drivers involved in deadly pedestrian-related crashes were legally drunk.

Even more concerning, the NHTSA found that alcohol use was even higher among pedestrians aged 25- to 34-years-old. In this age bracket, at least half of those involved in fatal pedestrian accidents were legally impaired.

In addition to being dangerous, WWI can also impact your personal injury claim. Under Florida’s doctrine of comparative negligence, any damages awarded in a suit against a careless driver will be reduced by your own level of culpability.

For instance, the driver may be found to be 80 percent at fault, while you may be held 20 percent responsible for your own injuries. In this case, your monetary recovery would be reduced by that same percentage.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples pedestrian accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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