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DUI Driver Crashes into Walmart

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 32-year-old man in another state was arrested for DUI after he drove through the wall of a Walmart store. A witness reported that the man sat at a stop sign despite another car honking behind him. A short time later the driver accelerated through the store's wall up to the windshield. Several refrigerated cases were destroyed inside the store and a structural engineer was called to determine whether the store was safe to reopen.

According to the police report the driver's BAC was 0.20 percent and 0.189 percent when he was tested. He has multiple driving violations including speeding, driving without proof of insurance and failure to obey traffic signs.

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