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Drunk Stepfather Crashes, Kills 11-Year-Old Stepson

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DUI accident fatalities increased from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2013. The NHTSA reported that the majority of DUI accidents with fatalities involved drivers whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.15 percent or higher, or almost twice the legal limit. 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 65-year-old man in another state was arrested and charged with aggravated vehicular assault and aggravated DUI with a child after he crashed into a light pole. According to the police report the man's BAC was 0.094 shortly after the accident.

The man was driving home from a social gathering when he sustained the single-car accident. The man's 11-year-old stepson sustained head and lung injuries and died at a hospital. A 12-year-old stepson suffered leg injuries and the driver's 5-year-old son was thrown to the front seat but was uninjured. None of the children was wearing a safety belt.

Police announced that the man had two prior DUI convictions.

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