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 56-year-old man in another state was charged with DUI after he struck and killed a 52-year-old company executive as she jogged near her home. The driver was allegedly under the influence of prescription medication at the time of the early morning accident.
The driver reportedly was driving too fast and lost control of his truck on a curve, crossed oncoming traffic and struck the woman on the opposite side of the road.
The woman, who was a college trustee as well as the CEO of a company with 6,800 employees, was mourned at her funeral by 3,000 people.
In addition to the DUI charge the driver is also charged with homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering another person. He is also cited for several alleged traffic violations, including driving on the wrong side of the road, driving at an unsafe speed, careless driving and reckless driving.
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.