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Study Confirms that DUI Drivers Are at Increased Risk

Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Bonanza DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.

 

According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk drivers are more likely to suffer serious or fatal injuries in auto accidents than their victims. A study of auto accident data involving almost 14,000 fatal auto accidents during a 12-month period where at least one driver was intoxicated revealed that almost 7,300 drivers who were killed were intoxicated while only 865 drivers who were sober were killed.

 

The NHTSA data is consistent with a study from the University of North Carolina's Highway Safety Research Center that also concluded that DUI drivers were much more likely to sustain serious or fatal injuries than were the accident victims. The study concluded there was no basis for the myth that alcohol may somehow protect an accident victim; instead, data showed that alcohol increased a drunk driver's chances of suffering a serious or fatal injury.

 

If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Bonanza 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