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Teen Crashes Mom's Lexus into Outdoor Courtyard while High on Prescription Drugs

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DUI accident fatalities increased from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2013. The NHTSA reported that the majority of DUI accidents with fatalities involved drivers whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.15 percent or higher, or almost twice the legal limit. 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.

A 19-year-old in another state was charged with driving under the influence of prescription drugs and marijuana when he crashed into a restaurant's outdoor courtyard, injuring 10 people. The man was driving his mother's Lexus when he allegedly struck a curb, lost control and went airborne, crashing into the restaurant's outdoor seating area. Four people were trapped under the car and 10 people were hospitalized in the accident.

The man pled guilty to two felony counts of driving under the influence and causing substantial bodily harm. As part of his plea deal, prosecutors dropped four other charges against him.

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