Tampa Drunk Driving Accident Attorney

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two out of every three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident at some point in their lifetime. During 2013, a total of 290,000 people were injured in alcohol-related car accidents, and 10,076 people died in drunk driving crashes. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that drunk drivers cause one-third of the fatal car accidents in the United States.


Dangerous DUI Accident Intersections in Tampa Bay

Drunk driving continues to be a significant factor in the number of automobile crashes in Florida. In fact, Florida has the third highest rate of drinking-and-driving fatal accidents in the nation. Tampa Bay’s ABC Action News recently analyzed 14,000 DUI crash records involving injuries and/or fatalities in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties dating back to 2010. Research concluded that the intersection of I-275 at I-4 is the most dangerous (and most likely) location to encounter a drunk driver in Tampa.

Investigators identified the following additional dangerous intersections in the Tampa Bay area:

  • Howard Franklin Bridge at West Shore Plaza (Hillsborough County)
  • I-75 at State Road 60 (Hillsborough County)
  • East Hillsborough Avenue at Orient Road (Hillsborough County)
  • U.S. 19 (Between Palm Harbor and Clearwater in Pinellas County)
  • 34th Street and Ulmerton (Pinellas County)
  • U.S. 19 at Sunray Drive(Pinellas County)
  • U.S. 19 at State Road 595 (Pasco County)
  • I-75 at State Road 54 (Pasco County)

While there is no particular way to prevent a drunk driving accident, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) caution drivers to be vigilant and to be aware of the following signs of an intoxicated driver:

  1. Quick acceleration or deceleration
  2. Tailgating
  3. Weaving or zig-zagging across the road
  4. Driving anywhere other than on a road designated for vehicles
  5. Almost striking an object, curb, or vehicle
  6. Stopping without cause or erratic braking
  7. Drifting in and out of traffic lanes
  8. Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
  9. Slow response to traffic signals (e.g. sudden stop or delayed start)
  10. Straddling the center lane marker
  11. Driving with headlights off at night
  12. Swerving
  13. Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit
  14. Turning abruptly or illegally
  15. Driving into opposing traffic on the wrong side of the road


Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. Surviving victims often suffer catastrophic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, back injuries, fractures, and burns, as well as mental and physical disabilities, discomfort and pain. If you or your loved one has been injured in a drunk driver accident, it is important to contact an experienced Tampa DUI Accident lawyer to discuss your legal options. Contact the Capaz Law Firm for a free consultation with a Tampa drunk driving accident attorney.