A news item about a drunk driving accident caught my eye as a Hollywood auto accident attorney. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Jan. 3 on the arrest of 57-year-old Leroy Miller of Miramar for causing a crash while driving under the influence. Miller crashed his pickup truck into another vehicle and stopped to inspect the damage, but then kept on going. Victims were able to identify him after the police caught up with him in his driveway, where he refused to take a breath test. Two victims were hospitalized with injuries that weren’t specified, but which gave rise to a charge of drunk driving with serious bodily injury. Other charges against Miller include leaving the scene of an accident, causing property damage and refusing to submit to a breath test. He was released from jail Jan. 2 pending trial.
According to the article, accident victims called the police just after 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to report a hit-and-run. They said Miller’s pickup hit another vehicle, and that Miller had left the scene after getting out to look at the damage in the crash. Victims wrote down the truck’s license plate number, which helped police identify Miller and find his home. They found him still inside the truck parked in the driveway. When confronted, Miller was allegedly so intoxicated that he gave police a credit card instead of his driver’s license, then tried to give them a business card until officers pointed out that his license was right there in his other hand. He was reportedly unable to perform field sobriety tests and refused to take a breath test, which was his third such refusal in 25 years. He admitted that he had hit another vehicle.
As a Plantation car wreck lawyer, I’m pleased that Miller was taken off the street before he could do more serious damage — after all, 9 p.m. isn’t that late on New Year’s Eve. In my practice, I see many victims of drunk driving, some who are seriously injured or lost a loved one forever. Almost without exception, these accidents could have been prevented if the drinking driver had behaved more responsibly. Unfortunately, the health care needed by seriously injured drunk driving victims can get expensive quickly. And even if the driver is found, arrested, tried and convicted, that doesn’t necessarily mean the victims will be able to recover money to pay for those health costs, other cost or compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering. In order to claim these and other cost back from an irresponsible drunk driver, victims usually must pursue a lawsuit as well.
If you or someone you love was involved in a crash with an at-fault drunk driver, you should call Cohn, Smith & Cohn for help. We have practiced law in south Florida for more than two decades, focusing on representing people who suffered serious injuries through no fault of their own. Our Deerfield Beach car crash attorneys understand the law, and we understand the juries in the courts and cities where we practice. We put that knowledge to work for our clients, helping them win the best possible compensation for their injuries and financial costs. In a legal claim, victims of drunk driving accidents can claim all of their financial costs caused by the crash, including hospital bills, future medical care, wrecked property and lost wages from missing work. They can also claim compensation for permanent disabilities or loss of a loved one’s care and comfort.
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