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.
In order to prove a Georgia drunk driving case, a victim must provide evidence. This can include the following:
- Police report—This is crucial in a Georgia drunk driving case. Police reports frequently include an investigating officer's perceptions or observations at the accident scene. These may lead to field sobriety tests.
- Field sobriety tests and Breathalyzer or blood tests—These may be included in the police report or they may be taken at a police station or hospital and can scientifically prove a driver's blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
- Eyewitness statements—These may be included in the police report or they may be obtained independently. It is important that a victim obtain contact information for any witnesses.
- Law enforcement video—This may include either a dashboard cam or a body cam. Such video can show the accident scene before any evidence was moved.
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.