Driving while under the influence of alcohol is illegal and extremely dangerous. However, despite knowing this, millions of Americans continue to drink and get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and take to the streets. Someone is killed by someone driving under the influence (DUI) approximately every 51 minutes and someone is injured by DUI accidents every 90 seconds in the United States. In 2012, this added up to 10,322 deaths and an estimated 345,000 injuries suffered in DUI accidents alone. This shown that a large percentage of people were killed or suffered injury in completely preventable accidents that would have been avoided had the drunk driver called a taxi or handed over the keys to a designated sober driver. If you or a loved one has been involved in a DUI accident, you should always contact a DUI accident lawyer in Fayette County to help you hold that driver responsible for his reckless and illegal actions.
Recently, DUI accidents have become such a concern across the United States that law enforcement departments nationwide have teamed up with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to crack down on DUI arrests. The efforts target holiday weekends and, thus far, increased arrests have been made across the country via checkpoints set up over Labor Day weekend, Halloween, and Thanksgiving weekend. Law enforcement departments plan to set up additional checkpoints over the Christmas holidays and New Year’s Eve. Officials state that the main priority of the increased surveillance and checkpoints include education and awareness for the public in hopes that drivers will drink responsibly and will not get behind the wheel while under the influence.
If you are injured in a DUI accident, the drunk driver will be presumed negligent because he or she violated the law. Furthermore, if they are very intoxicated, the court may award you punitive damages in addition to compensation for you losses. You should always consult with a DUI accident attorney to discuss filing a lawsuit against the drunk driver to recover for your injuries. Call (770) 487-8999 to speak to the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible.