Over the limit and under arrest! Another DUI causes a personal injury crash in Pinellas County, Florida

Over the limit and under arrest! Another DUI causes a personal injury crash in Pinellas County, Florida

Another person was arrested for DUI after causing a personal injury car crash that he caused and fleeing from the scene in Pinellas County.

6/22/11, Pinellas County, Florida.

News reports indicate 57-year-old Jeffrey Braden crashed the Ford Explorer he was driving into John Svoboda’s Toyota Tacoma pickup truck on Pasadena Avenue last week. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened at Huffman Way just before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday evening. The intoxicated Braden then fled the scene, officials said. News reports are not clear if either person involved an an attorney.

John Svoboda the victim of the drunken crash was taken to Bayfront Medical Center and treated for non life-threatening injuries.

A report was made to authorities by a witness whom managed to retrieve Braden’s license plate number. Deputies took the lead and followed up by going to Braden’s home on south Shore Drive. After interviewing Braden, officials said Braden admitted he had been drinking before the crash.

Officials arrested Braden on charges of driving under the influence, DUI with personal injury/property damage, leaving the scene of a crash with personal injury and property damage. After being treated for minor injuries, Braden was then taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

Drinking and driving do not mix. People are losing their lives as well as the others that become the victims of their unfortunate escapades.

If you are a victim of a DUI crash there is help for you. There is no reason why you and your family should suffer the consequences of someone else’s intoxicated judgment call.

Here are a few things to do if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident. Especially if you suffered any injuries:
1. Stop (as long as it can be done safely):
Immediately after you get into an accident, stop. (Of course move to safety if needed). If you caused the accident, don’t run. Take responsibility and acknowledge your error.

2. Check for Injuries:
Immediately after the accident, check yourself, your passengers, and the individual(s) in the other vehicle for injuries. If there are injuries that need medical attention, call 911. Before you even look at the damage done to your car, check everyone involved for injuries.

3. Call the Police:
I strongly suggest calling the police even in minor car accidents. People who seem friendly at the scene often change their tune when they are on the phone with their insurance company. If the accident is serious, or it’s a hit and run situation, the authorities need to be notified immediately. Most insurance companies require you to call the authorities in a hit and run situation if you want your damage to be covered.

4. Exchange Information:
Make sure to write down the other driver’s license, full name, address, date of birth and insurance company and policy number. If their proof of insurance is expired, let the police officer know.

5. Document Damage:
If you have a camera on hand, take pictures of the damage as well as location and situation of the cars/trucks involved. Use your cell phone if you have to, and download the pictures later. If you don’t, write down details about the damage.

6. Contact an attorney:

7. Contact Your Insurance Company:
Immediately after the accident, contact your insurance provider about the accident and provide all details regarding it.

Car accidents are never fun, and especially if they are involving a DUI crash. If you ever find yourself involved in one in St. Petersburg, FL, remember these steps. They will help you resolve the incident. A personal injury attorney could also make some suggestions to you as well as represent you in your steps to solving this situation.

Most personal injury attorneys, myself included do not charge for a consultation and only get paid out of money they recover for you. I also advance the costs it takes to take your case forward.