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 26-year-old woman in another state was arrested and charged with DUI resulting in death after her Hummer collided with a car in an early morning accident, killing the other driver and injuring a toddler. The woman had just left her job at a strip club and was reportedly high on Xanax and had been drinking. The woman pled guilty to the DUI charges.
According to the police report, the woman's eyes were glassy, her pupils were dilated and she smelled of alcohol at the accident scene. She admitted to drinking two beers roughly three hours before the accident and said she had taken Xanax the night before but did not have a prescription for it. She failed multiple parts of the field sobriety exam. Witnesses gave conflicting reports about whether the woman ran a red or a yellow light.
The other driver's family subsequently filed a civil suit against the woman, her employer and the valet that monitors the parking lot. The family alleged that the employer encouraged the woman to drink while she was at work though it knew she would later drive. The family sued the valet service because they claimed it gave the woman her keys though it knew or should have known that she was impaired.
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.