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Child Deaths in DUI Accidents Most Likely Caused when Own Driver Is Drunk

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.


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


According to a Northwestern University study done with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the biggest threat to children killed in DUI accidents is when the driver of the car in which they are riding is drunk. This was the same conclusion made by some of the same researchers in a similar study published 14 years earlier.


As was the finding in the earlier study, nearly two-thirds of all child deaths from DUI auto accidents were from children riding with a drunken driver. Nearly two-thirds of all child DUI fatalities were not wearing seat belts when their drunken driver was in the accident. The researchers pointed out that most states have severe penalties for drunken drivers who drive with child passengers.


If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Clayton 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