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 41-year-old drunk driver recently crashed into a telephone pole and left the accident scene while a Good Samaritan was trying to assist his 7-year-old passenger. Witnesses saw airbags deploy in the SUV as a result of the crash and rendered aid to the passenger. However, while they were doing so the man started driving away from the scene.
The SUV stopped a short time later and the man let the girl on the median. The driver then drove away, hitting two more cars as he attempted to squeeze between them at a red light. The man backed up and left the scene of the second accident.
Police stopped the SUV a short time later and arrested the man. While handcuffed he attempted to kick out the windows in the police car.
This was the man's fourth DUI arrest. He was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, child abuse, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries, DUI and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
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.