Roadside Assist Turns into Two Shatter Legs for Taxi Driver

A taxi driver was seriously injured in an accident that left him with two broken legs when he was struck by an alleged drunk driver.

Initial police reports indicated that taxi driver, Jocelyn Prophet, had lost his legs as the result of the accident, but family members have now clarified that they were broken severely. The family remains hopeful for his full recovery, but it will be a long term process.

Miami Police have arrested and charged 31-year-old Oskar Ivan Zarate with DUI with serious injuries. He is accused of having struck Prophet he was assisting a fellow cab driver with their vehicle that had broken down. The accident happened along Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 50th Terrace at approximately 5:50 a.m.

Prophet was transported by rescuers to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition. Zarate was also taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, but was treated and released. Zarate is now in jail awaiting trial.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is often the underlying factor in countless serious injuries and deaths in the U.S.  Reports show that there were well over 10,000 automobile collisions reported involving drivers under the influence of alcohol and nearly 3,000 accidents involving drivers under the influence of drugs each year in the past decade.

In the State of Florida, the legal blood alcohol level that anyone can have to operate a vehicle is under 0.08% for those driving a motor vehicle. However, the legal limit is set at 0.04% for holders of a commercial driver’s license and is the national standard.

When a person is seriously injured or dies as the result of the actions a person who is driving under the influence of alcohol, it carries with it serious penalties with long jail sentences, hefty fines and community service requirements.

If you or someone you love has been injured because of the irresponsible actions and the misjudgments of a drunk driver, give our offices a call. Having an experienced attorney with years of experience in successfully representing clients in the Miami-Dade area can make all of the difference in settling your case. Your attorney can help you recover potential compensation and see that justice is served for you and your loved ones. Give our offices a call with the details of your case. We will match you with an attorney who will give you sound legal advice. We are here to help you. Your initial consultation is confidential, free and without any obligation.