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Georgia Teen Struck by Hit-and-Run Drunk Driver Speaks for First Time in 14 Months

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.


According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, over a year after a Georgia teen was struck by a hit-and-run drunk driver, she spoke her first words upon returning home from the hospital. The woman, who was 19 when she was in the accident, suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI), was in a coma for weeks and was hospitalized for nearly five months. She is still unable to walk, and requires a feeding tube but she can identify letters on an iPad and can do simple math problems on her fingers. She was a Kennesaw State University student at the time of the accident.


A 23-year-old man turned himself in nearly three weeks after the accident after it received extensive media coverage. He was charged with felony hit-and-run, DUI, serious injury by a motor vehicle, failure to maintain a lane and reckless driving.


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.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia