According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers. 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 51-year-old Georgia man was arrested after causing a multi-vehicle accident that killed another driver. The man was charged with DUI, following too closely and failure to maintain lane, and there is a pending charge of vehicular manslaughter.

The accident occurred in the early evening when the man's pickup rear-ended an SUV. The drunk driver then traveled into oncoming traffic, striking a sports car. The sports car was forced into a compact car, whose driver was killed in the accident. The SUV and sports car drivers were both hospitalized with serious injuries.

The victim's family has a potential claim against the driver for wrongful death. There are two types of death claims that may be pursued by the deceased's family under Georgia law: surviving family members may file a claim pursuant to Georgia's wrongful death statute or a claim may be pursued by the victim's estate. A successful claim is aided by the expertise of an experienced Clayton County wrongful death attorney.

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? Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia
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