In 2009, 10,839 Americans lost their lives in drunk-driving crashes. These deaths accounted for more than one-third of U.S. traffic fatalities, and it is estimated that an equal number of lives were lost to drugged driving.
Every Atlanta DUI death is a tragedy. Behind every number is a mother, father, sister, brother, child, or friend who is no longer in the world. Behind every number there is a grieving family. DUI accidents affect millions. In fact, one out of every three Americans will be directly affected by impaired driving during their lifetime.
Since 1982, December has been named National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. During December, MADD, local law enforcement agencies and alcohol awareness groups will work together to educate the public about the risks of impaired driving. This is especially important as we approach the holiday season.
Traffic safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that drunk-driving fatalities show a significant increase during the Christmas and New Year's holiday periods compared to the rest of the year.
Someone dies in an alcohol-related traffic crash every 30 minutes. You can help prevent Atlanta drunk-driving deaths this holiday season by following these guidelines from MADD and Atlanta DUI victim attorney Shane Smith.
- Before going out, designate a driver who will remain sober.
- Have a back-up plan for getting home.
- If you are entertaining, make sure that there are plenty of non-alcoholic drink alternatives.
- Never serve alcohol to anyone under age 21.
- Never allow a guest who is intoxicated to get behind the wheel.
- Be aware that drugs such as marijuana can also affect driving skills.
- Don’t combine alcohol with prescription or over-the-counter medications.
No one should have their holidays ruined by an Atlanta DUI accident. The unfortunate fact is that many drunk and drugged drivers are not appropriately punished for the loss that they cause. The criminal justice system does not offer a way for victims to get compensation. However, those who have been injured by or lost a loved one to a drunk driver in Georgia can seek accountability through the civil court system.
Atlanta DUI victim attorney Shane Smith fights to get accountability and compensation for the victims of drunk driving. He has written a book to help inform DUI accident victims about their rights. Request your free copy of I Was Hit by a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next?
To discuss your injury claim with an Atlanta DUI injury lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 866-979-1629.