Florida Drivers: Alcohol and Speed Can Be a Deadly Combination

by Carmen Dellutri on July 5, 2011

Florida accident attorneySadly, it appears that the lethal combination of alcohol and speed lead to the death of “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn. According to a recently toxicology report, Dunn's blood alcohol level was 0.196 at the time of the crash. In addition, police determined that Dunn's Porsche could have been traveling as fast as 140 mph in a 55 mph zone when it jumped a guardrail, struck a tree, and burst into flames, killing Dunn, 34, and his passenger Zachary Hartwell, 30.

While Dunn’s blood alcohol content was more than double the legal limit, a new study by UC San Diego researchers suggests that even one drink with dinner may impair drivers. The study, published in this month’s edition of the Addiction journal, concluded that "buzzed" drivers with a 0.01 percent blood alcohol concentration are significantly more likely to be involved in accidents that cause injuries than totally sober drivers.

Specifically, the study found that motor vehicle accidents are 36.6 percent more likely to be severe with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.01 percent than with an entirely sober driver. Researchers determined that this was likely because buzzed drivers are significantly more likely to speed, to be improperly seatbelted, and to drive the striking vehicle.

Given the high risks associated with both speeding and impaired driving, it should not be surprising that the combination is often fatal. Florida drivers are reminded to always drive responsibly.

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 Florida motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

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


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