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.
Fayette County's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Fayette County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.
An allegedly drunk driver struck a disabled vehicle in Fayette County, killing the stalled vehicle's driver. The stalled car was on the I-285 westbound ramp from I-75 north and was struck from behind by a cargo van. Charges were pending both against the driver and a passenger of the van immediately following the accident as both were alleged to have been under the influence of alcohol.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving released a statement following the accident reminding drivers that approximately one of every three vehicular fatalities involves drunk driving. On average drunk driving kills someone in America every hour. Every 90 seconds someone is injured due to drunk driving. More than half of the drivers who have their license suspended due to alcohol-related infractions still drive without a valid license.
According to the NHTSA, a drunk or DUI driver who caused an accident resulted in 12,998 deaths nationwide in 2007. By comparison, a DUI driver who caused a traffic accident resulted in 13,491 deaths in 2006, a year-over-year decrease of 3.7 percent.
If you have questions about Fayette County DUI laws, get the answers in Fayette 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.