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 complex. Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.
Georgia's Dram Shop Act provides that a person who sells, furnishes, or serves alcohol to an intoxicated person of lawful drinking age shall not be liable for injury, death, or damage the person causes because of their intoxication. The Dram Shop Act also holds that someone may become liable if they knowingly sell alcohol to a noticeably intoxicated person when they know that person will soon be driving.
A jury recently ordered a strip club to pay $1.75 million to the family of a woman who was killed in a wrong-way crash in Douglas County in 2008. The award was an application of the Dram Shop Act, holding the strip club responsible for continuing to serve a 41-year-old Georgia man whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.398 percent at the time of the head-on accident, nearly five times the legal limit.
The accident occurred in early morning hours as the driver traveled the wrong way on I-20. The 22-year-old driver and a 26-year-old passenger were killed by the drunk driver. The driver of the car that was hit had two children, ages 4 and 5.
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.