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 20-year-old woman driving drunk without a valid license killed two 21-year-old women in an early morning accident in another state. The drunk driver claims she has no recollection of the crash and had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit. She was charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter while impaired, two counts of DUI manslaughter with an unlawful blood-alcohol level, two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of driving without a license causing death.
According to her attorney, the drunk driver went to a restaurant after work with her boss and co-workers. The woman left her car at work, then was dropped off by her supervisor after drinking for several hours. The attorney said he plans to argue that the supervisor had the woman served alcohol then knew she was drunk and left her to fend for herself by dropping her off at her car. He hopes to argue that she was a victim.
The woman has received national attention because she tweeted "2 drunk 2 care" to her boyfriend just before the accident. The drunk driver claims the context of the tweet addressed a dispute between her and her boyfriend and not that she was in no condition to drive. Local media have also noted that she called herself "Pothead Princess" in social media.
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.