Spring break 2013 is approaching, and many college students alike are anxiously awaiting their week-long break from school. While many students take this time off to relax, visit with friends and family, or go on a vacation, others like to live it up by participating in a weeklong binge of drinking and partying.
Students from the University of Georgia and other colleges and universities around the Atlanta area need to beware that their plans for a week of celebrating can turn deadly in a moment. This is because alcohol plays a major role in spring break parties and many drunken students get behind the wheel of their vehicles. Not only are intoxicated college students at risk of getting injured or killed in Georgia auto accidents, but innocent motorists sharing the road with them are in danger of suffering serious injuries and fatalities.
A Peachtree City Accident Attorney Urges Students to Drive Smart This Spring Break
When people drive drunk, they pose a serious danger to other motorists sharing the road with them due to the influence alcohol has on:
- Reaction times – Drunk drivers suffer from delayed reactions times.
- Judgment – Intoxicated drivers have trouble concentrating and making good decisions.
- Coordination – Drivers who are impaired have poor coordination.
Those who drive under the influence of alcohol typically engage in high-risk behaviors—speeding, driving aggressive, and reckless driving—that can lead to serious accidents. Unfortunately, spring break for college students is a time in which these risks increase, placing them, their passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists in danger.
It is estimated that more than three million college students nationwide drive drunk every year, and statistics indicate that alcohol use by college students accounts for approximately 600,000 injuries and about 200,000 deaths. Sadly, needless drunken driving is one of the most leading causes of deadly car accidents in Georgia and nationwide.
If you have been hurt by a drunk driver in Peachtree City, Roswell, or elsewhere in Georgia, or if your loved one was killed by an intoxicated driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, disfigurement, and other losses incurred. An experienced Peachtree City DUI victim lawyer can help you pursue justice and collect damages for the wrongs you have suffered. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free, no-obligation consultation at (770) 487-8999 to find out more about your rights today.