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 56-year-old man in another state was arrested and charged with DUI and manslaughter after he killed a bicyclist who was out for an afternoon ride with his wife and toddler. The driver's BAC when he was arrested was 0.17 percent, more than twice the legal limit.
According to the police report, witnesses reported that the car did not slow, turn or signal before striking the bicyclist, who was riding on the sidewalk. It is believed that the driver may have passed out from his drunkenness as a witness reported that the driver's head was slumped down as he approached the bicyclist.
The driver had four prior DUI convictions and multiple speeding tickets and moving violations. He was driving with a conditional license at the time of the accident that restricted his driving to trips to and from work.
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?
If a death is caused by the negligence of another then the decedent's family may be entitled to legal relief through a wrongful death lawsuit. You should hire an experienced Clayton County wrongful death attorney if you will file a lawsuit on behalf of a family member who died due to another's negligence. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation.