Palm Beach, FL- Law enforcement officers put their lives at risk every day when they go to work. Even doing something as routine as responding to a traffic wreck can put an officer in danger of being hit by a drunken driver. That’s precisely what happened to a Florida State Trooper who was seriously injured in drunk driving accident over the weekend
Florida Trooper Injured by Drunk Driver at the Scene of a Prior Crash
A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper sustained severe injuries after he was hit by a drunk driver in Northeast Miami-Dade County on Sunday, December 10, 2017.
The Sun Sentinel reports that Trooper Daniel Cruz was responding to an accident on the Palmetto Expressway near the Okeechobee Road ramp around 1 a.m. when he was struck. The FHP said Cruz was at the scene of a two-vehicle crash when a drunken driver hit one of the wrecked vehicles. That vehicle was pushed into the other car which was propelled forward and hit Cruz.
According to the FHP, Cruz was thrown and landed on the ground, causing serious injuries. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital and is currently in stable condition.
The drunk driver, 26-year-old John Bencosme, was arrested at the scene for suspicion of drunk driving. The Sun Sentinel reports that his blood alcohol concentration was 0.201 percent which is significantly higher than Florida’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.
If you have been charged with drunken driving, contact a DUI lawyer in Palm Beach to work on your defense.
Drunk Driving Crashes on the Rise in Florida
Drunk driving accidents are all too common occurrence. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 28 people are killed by drunk drivers every day in the U.S. and much more are injured. That’s a disturbing statistic and, sadly, drunk driving accidents are on the rise in many states including Florida.
In a recent study, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that fatal drunk driving accidents
increased 6.7 percent in Florida for 2016. In 2015, there were 788 alcohol-impaired fatalities compared to 841 drunk driving fatalities in 2016.
Hire a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Palm Beach
Drunken drivers completely disregard their safety and the safety of other motorists, pedestrians and anyone else sharing the road with them. That disregard can cost victims of drunk drivers their wellbeing, their livelihoods or their lives. When a drunken driver harms you or someone you care about, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, rehabilitation, and other accident-related expenses. Call a personal injury lawyer in Palm Beach to discuss whether you are eligible for a settlement and determine the value of your claim.
If you are hurt by an impaired driver in Palm Beach, USAttorneys.com recommends you speak with a drunk driving accident lawyer. We can refer your case to a local attorney, or you can use our search tool to find one nearby.