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Gwinnett County DUI Accident Attorney Shane Smith Reports on Pervasive Underage Drinking

New Hope Drivers Are Continually Threatened By Intoxicated Underage and Of-Age Drunk Drivers & Become Victims of Fatal Gwinnett County DUI Accidents

As more and more Gwinnett County adolescents and young adults obtain their licenses, the roads of Georgia will become more and more congested. While having more licensed drivers on the road is not bad in itself, there is some startling news that will inevitably increase the likelihood of a Gwinnett County DUI accident.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, driving under the influence of alcohol was quite pervasive. For persons who are legally able to drink, those aged 21 to 25, nearly 1 out of 4 people (23.4%) admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol. Those underage both reported operating their motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol – 5.8 % of 16 and 17 year olds and 15.1 % of 18 to 20 year olds. This same survey also found out that boys and men were much more likely than girls and women to drive under the influence of alcohol with respective rates of 15.1% and 7.9%.

If you have been the victim of a New Hope DUI accident, contact a Georgia DUI accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. When you call (770) 487-8999 you will be able to schedule your free consultation to have the details of your Gwinnett County DUI accident evaluated.

In order to reduce the chances of Georgia experiencing another underage or of-age drunk driving. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is a strong proponent of enabling Georgia residents with the power to reduce the numbers of underage drinking. If parents or other hosts are holding a part for their children, having a high school graduation party and there are minors at the party who consume alcohol and their house, Georgia’s social host law O.C.G.A. § 51-1-40 provides Gwinnett County DUI accident victims legal recourse against “social hosts” such as homeowners who serve alcohol to minors and of-age adults who are noticeably intoxicated. While there is a burden of proof for social host liability to show if an of-age adult was visibly intoxicated, there is no such test if a homeowner serves a minor alcohol. This law, also provides New Hope DUI accident victims legal course against bars and other businesses that serve alcohol to both minors and of-age adults can similarly be held liable.                 

Assuming a home or business owner has breach the legal duty and has served a minor or visibly intoxicated of-age adult, you as a Gwinnett County DUI accident victim must have suffered damages. Damages include medical treatment, at the scene of the accident and subsequent treatments. Other types of damages may include:

  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical treatment and medication for Depression

These are just some of the damages that you may be entitled to recover as a Georgia DUI accident victim. However, the only way to accurately determine what damages you have suffered, can substantiate with a personal injury claim and can recover on is by speaking with a Gwinnett County DUI accident attorney Shane Smith. Don’t wait any longer – call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (888) 927-6955.   


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia