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We Hold At-Fault Drivers Accountable For Drunk-Driving Car Accidents In Bradenton


Drunk driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents in Bradenton, despite strict state laws designed to prevent it. Unfortunately, they often result in serious, potentially life-threatening injuries. Our Bradenton drunk driving accident lawyer explains the penalties drunk drivers in Florida face and how we can help you hold them accountable for their reckless behavior.

Sarasota Woman Faces 10 Years In Prison For Drunk Driving Car Accident in Tampa Bay

A 55-year-old local driver was recently sentenced to ten years in prison for a drunk driving car accident that happened on Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay. According to an April 2024 Bradenton Herald news report, the bridge was closed at the time for a charity 10K race.

The crash itself happened in March of 2022, when the woman failed to stop for a blockade police set-up and crashed head-on into a Florida Highway Trooper’s SUV. She remained in prison while her defense attorneys attempted to negotiate a reduced sentence with prosecutors.

A plea deal was never reached, and the judge sentenced her to 10 years imprisonment and an additional four years probation. Under the Florida Statutes, she could also face up to $15,000 in fines and the complete revocation of her driving privileges.

Holding Drunk Drivers Accountable For Injuries You Suffer In A Tampa Car Accident

Having any amount of alcohol in your system poses serious hazards to you and other motorists. Under Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle guidelines, even a first DUI carries harsh penalties.

If a drunk driving accident in Tampa harms you or others in your vehicle, the driver can also be held personally liable for any losses you suffer. However, their insurer will likely not cover your costs, and your own auto insurance policy may reimburse you for only part of your losses.

Filing a drunk driving lawsuit against them through the Hillsborough County Civil Court is often the best way to get a sense of justice and the maximum compensation you need to recover from your injuries. Common types of compensation available include:

  • Payment of all current and future medical treatment required due to your injuries;
  • Reimbursement for your current lost income and payment for any future lost earnings you are likely to incur;
  • Additional amounts for your pain, suffering, and any lost enjoyment in life your injuries cause.

In a Tampa drunk driving car accident lawsuit, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. This is an additional amount that punishes drunk drivers in Florida in cases of gross negligence.

Contact Our Bradenton Drunk-Driving Car Accident Lawyer Today

Unfortunately, drunk driving is common in Tampa and poses serious risks on the road. At the Law Office of Steven G. Lavely, we provide the highly skilled and experienced legal representation you need to hold the at-fault driver accountable. To get a sense of justice and the maximum compensation in your claim, request a consultation with our Bradenton drunk-driving accident lawyer today.