According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers.
Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are nuanced and complex. This is why it is important to consult Georgia DUI injury attorney Shane Smith. There are many intermingled laws that create many potential complications in a DUI case.
- What do I do if I am in an auto accident with an impaired driver?
As is the case if you are involved in any Clayton County auto accident you should collect basic information from the other driver: his name, address, phone number and license plate number, his insurance company name and the policy number. Find out if there were any witnesses and get their names, addresses and phone numbers. Contact the police department to have a police report generated. Use your cell phone camera to take accident scene photos including damage to each vehicle involved and the accident scene perspective in relation to the street.
After you leave the accident scene you should visit your doctor or an emergency room for a full examination. Though you may not have any noticeable bruises or broken bones it is possible that you may have sustained a concussion or have internal injuries that need immediate treatment. This examination will also provide medical documentation of your condition shortly after the accident.
You should also contact a Clayton County DUI accident attorney. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith and let the attorney speak to the other driver's insurance company representatives. The other driver's insurance representatives may try to settle the claim quickly and for less than you are entitled. Once you have secured the representation of an attorney you should not speak to the other party's insurance representatives.
- Should I try to get a statement from the impaired driver?
Exchange the necessary information with the other driver and render aid if you can and if such aid is necessary. Otherwise, do not engage in any conversation with the other driver or allow the other driver to hear any conversations you may have on the phone or with passengers. Any incriminating statements may be used against you and may be construed as admissions of guilt.
DO NOT APOLOGIZE TO THE OTHER DRIVER AS THIS MAY BE INTERPRETED AS AN ADMISSION OF GUILT. The proper place and time to discuss the accident's liability is in court or with your attorney.
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 you would like to discuss your case with a Georgia drunk-driving victim attorney, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 866-979-1629 to schedule a free legal consultation.