Georgia drunk driving accident victims face a life-altering sentence following the accident, one potentially filled with pain, fear, nightmares and other challenges. The DUI driver faces legal penalties as a result of the decision to drive while impaired: financial penalties, jail and other punishments. However, these penalties can be satisfied and the DUI driver can move on with his life. Not so for the DUI victim.
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.
A 70-year-old man drove his truck while he was allegedly drunk. He reportedly started in DeKalb County where the driver hit five different vehicles, causing five different accidents. The truck continued driving into Gwinnett County where it was involved in 12 separate hit-and-run accidents. At least one person was killed when the vehicle in which she was a passenger crashed into the back of a tractor trailer after being hit by the allegedly drunk driver.
Witnesses reported that the truck driver did not stop until he crashed through the front of a restaurant. Gwinnett County investigators said the truck's driver was drunk. He faces criminal charges of vehicular homicide, DUI, several hit-and-run accident counts and reckless driving.
Victims may also file civil claims against the driver.
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.