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12-Year-Old in Ireland Receives $256,000 after Serious Injuries Caused by Mother's DUI

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers. A 2006 study by the NHTSA estimated that there is one drunk driving fatality in the United States every 30 minutes.

 

Coweta County's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Coweta County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.

 

A 12-year-old girl who sued her parents and the Motor Insurer's Bureau of Ireland was awarded $256,000 following a 2007 car crash that killed both her six-year-old sister and a friend. The girl, who was seven at the time of the accident, sued her parents and the MIBI through her grandfather.

 

The mother was an alcoholic with several prior DUI convictions. In 2007 she was 'blackout' drunk while driving with the three children in the car. The car went off the road and crashed into a muddy embankment. The mother had been barred from driving at the time of the accident as a result of a prior conviction.

 

The surviving daughter was wearing a seat belt in the back seat but suffered physical injuries and emotional trauma. She was confined to a spinal cast for two months and was in therapy to cope with the accident and the losses of her sister and friend.

 

The mother was sentenced to six years in prison as a result of the accident. The Irish court found that MIBI was responsible for a $256,000 payout to the surviving daughter.

 

If you have questions about Coweta County DUI laws, get the answers in Coweta County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith's book, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia