According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), someone in the United States is killed by a drunk driver every 48 minutes, and on average someone is injured in a DUI-related accident every minute. The NHTSA estimates that the economic cost associated with DUI accidents may be as much as $1.2 billion annually.
Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Forest Park DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.
A recent study found that many Georgia injury accidents were caused by drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) far below the legal limit of 0.08 percent. The study, conducted by UC San Diego researchers and published in the journal Addiction, analyzed official data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) over a 15-year period. The FARS data records information about all drivers on all roadways.
The researchers concluded that consuming even small amounts of alcohol substantially increases a Georgia auto accident's severity. The data revealed that accidents were over 35 percent more severe when a driver had any measurable amount of alcohol in their system when the accident occurred. The researchers identified three specific factors that appeared to account for the difference in auto accident severity: drivers who consumed even small amounts of alcohol were more likely to exceed the speed limit, drive the vehicle that caused the impact and fail to properly use a seat belt.
The researchers also found a correlation in what they labeled a "strong dose response". This was a direct relationship between increased alcohol consumption and an increase in the three factors. As the three factors increased, so too did the accident severity.
If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Forest Park 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.