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 43-year-old Georgia driver who was high on methamphetamine clipped an SUV, jumped a curb and struck and killed a 36-year-old mother and her 6-year-old daughter. The driver did not stop at the accident scene and was followed by witnesses who forced him to stop.
According to the police report the driver was hysterical for over 30 minutes after the accident and they suspected he was high on drugs. He refused a blood draw and a warrant was issued requiring it. Tests revealed he had methamphetamine in his system. He is charged with DUI drugs, reckless driving, vehicular homicide and failure to stop or return to the scene of an accident.
The driver had previous convictions for DUI, shoplifting, theft, battery and bad debts.
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.