There have been several national news stories focusing on the effects of drunk driving

TAMPA, Fla. – During the past few weeks, there have been several national news stories focusing on the effects of drunk driving: On December 29, a southern California man was killed while he was sleeping in his home when a car driven by a drunk driver jumped a curb and rammed into the side of his house, slamming through the bedroom wall. On January 10, 1970s teen heartthrob David Cassidy was arrested for the third time on drunk driving charges after a blood test revealed his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. And on January 13, jurors heard opening testimony in the trial of former Dallas Cowboy football player Josh Brent, accused of driving drunk and causing a crash that wound up killing his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown Jr.

Although most of the cases that end up on the national news involve unusual or extreme circumstances or public figures, there are thousands of other DUI-related accidents that don’t make the six o’clock news but which are just as devastating to the victims. In fact, According to data form the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 30 people die in the U.S. each day as the result of a drunk driving accident – that’s about one death every 48 minutes.

Of course, not all drunk driving accidents result in death; many more result in injuries which can range from relatively minor to severe injuries that can have a lifelong impact on victims and their families. In addition to the physical and psychological trauma these accidents cause, the costs of treating accident injuries can deplete a lifetime of savings in just a few months – or less.

If you’ve been in an accident involving a drunk driver, you should know the facts: Insurance companies and the drivers themselves have attorneys working hard to protect their rights and to limit the damages that are paid to the victims. To make sure you get the compensation you need to cover your injury-related costs including medical costs, loss of work, and pain and suffering, you need a skilled and experienced lawyer on your side, ready to do battle for you.

At the Baird Law Group, we help Florida victims of drunk driving accidents protect their rights. We’ve handled many cases just like yours and we know what needs to be done to get results. If you’ve been the victim of a drunk driving accident or any other type of accident, give us a call at 813-849-2679, fill out our web form or visit our website at to schedule a no-obligation consultation.