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 drunk 48-year-old man in another state was run over by his own vehicle after he left his truck in a road rage incident. The man drove his truck into the rear bumper of a vehicle in front of him in an early evening rear-end accident. He then left his vehicle and banged on the other driver's window in a fit of rage. The man apparently forgot to put his truck in park and he was run over by it when the other vehicle drove away, causing his truck to lurch forward. The man reportedly put his arms out in an effort to stop the rolling truck but it ran over him.
According to the police report the man smelled of alcohol and he said he had just come from a bar where he had three beers. Police found an open and cold 16-ounce beer can and multiple empty beer cans inside the truck's cab. The man failed field sobriety tests but refused a breath test.
The driver was taken to the hospital after reporting pain in his foot. A couple hours after the incident the man's BAC registered 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit.
The driver was arrested on charges of DUI and DUI with property damage. Police later discovered that he had his license suspended over 20 years ago after also refusing to give a breath test.
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