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Drunk Driver Crashes into Canal, Kills Wife

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.


A 30-year-old drunk driver in another state drove through a dead end barrier, through a dirt embankment and into a canal. The crash killed the driver's wife but he survived. After briefly being hospitalized he was arrested on charges of DUI manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.


According to the police report, the man was driving 55 mph in a 30 mph zone at the time of the early morning crash. The dirt road dead ends with a barrier but the man did not apply his brakes, sending the car airborne for 30 feet before crashing into the canal's far bank. The driver's wife, who was not wearing a safety belt in the passenger seat, hit her head on the dashboard and windshield and died at the scene.


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?


If a death is caused by the negligence of another then the decedent's family may be entitled to legal relief through a wrongful death lawsuit. You should hire an experienced Clayton County wrongful death attorney if you will file a lawsuit on behalf of a family member who died due to another's negligence. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia