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 28-year-old Georgia woman was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after she caused an accident that killed a 67-year-old man who was driving a 1929 Model A Ford. The woman struck the antique car from behind, forcing it into oncoming traffic where it was struck by another vehicle. The man was killed at the scene and his wife was seriously injured.
The woman was charged with following too closely, second-degree vehicular homicide, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, and failing to exercise due care. Toxicology results were ordered after the woman's arrest.
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.