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 34-year-old man in another state was arrested and charged with five counts of intoxication manslaughter after he collided with a truck while driving drunk. The driver was also charged with one count of intoxicated assault. A sixth passenger in the truck was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries to her brain stem.
The five people killed were believed to be members of the same family. The crash ignited the truck and damaged it so severely that firefighters needed to use the Jaws of Life to remove its roof and doors. The driver was so severely burned that he had to be identified through fingerprints as his face could not be matched to an ID photo.
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.