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.
The family of a 28-year-old woman was awarded $10 million in a wrongful death suit in another state after the wife and mother was killed in a DUI accident. The woman's 26-year-old friend was driving drunk after a birthday party and lost control of her vehicle, ejecting her friend. The car left the roadway, went over a barrier wall and down a 25-foot embankment before striking another wall. The driver's friend suffered blunt force trauma to her chest and later died.
The driver was arrested and charged with DUI. Her BAC was 0.20 percent, over twice the legal limit. She admitted having four glasses of wine and only eating a salad before driving the five miles from the restaurant to the accident scene. The jury found the driver 75 percent responsible for the death.
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.