Many car accidents are just that – accidents. They are caused by weather conditions or simple mistakes on the road and cannot be avoided. One kind of car accident can always be avoided, however. Accidents caused by drunk drivers would simply never happen if the drivers chose not to drive drunk. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 10,228 people died in 2010 in the United States as a result of a drunk driving accident. That number equals almost one third of all traffic related deaths in that year. Hundreds of thousands more were injured in drunk driving crashes. Almost every one of these deaths and injuries would likely not have happened had the driver not been drinking. If you are injured in a drunk driving accident, a Coweta County DUI accident attorney can help you hold the drunk driver responsible.
Government and law enforcement agencies can only do so much to keep drunk drivers off the road. An approximate 1.4 million drivers were arrested for DUI in 2010 alone. However, for every driver arrested for DUI, there are likely hundreds more who do not get caught. Beyond arrests, additional measures that can be taken by law enforcement to avoid drunk driving accidents:
- Always enforce DUI laws, and do not allow anyone who is driving under the influence to continue driving
- Set up sobriety checkpoints
- Suspend or revoke the licenses of drunk drivers
- Require alcohol abuse treatment for all DUI offenders
- Educate the community on DUI dangers and prevention
- Use ignition interlock devices on the vehicles of prior DUI offenders.
Though law enforcement and government agencies are doing what they can to prevent drunk driving accidents, it is impossible to completely eliminate DUI accidents as long as drivers continue to choose to drive drunk. If you are injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, that driver should be held liable. To do so, do not hesitate to call (770) 487-8999 to speak to an experienced Coweta County DUI accident attorney at the Law Office of Shane Smith for a free consultation.