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 54-year-old man in another state knocked over safety cones on a roadway and struck a road worker in a bus lane. The 57-year-old worker was declared dead at the scene.
According to witnesses the road worker was cutting asphalt with a wet saw and likely did not hear the truck knock over the safety cones. The driver reportedly continued down the road after striking the worker and hit a parked car. He left his truck near the accident scene and fled on foot without rendering assistance. Police found the man hiding in a Dumpster nearby and arrested him.
The truck's driver admitted he drank eight or nine beers in a seven-hour period at a bar before getting in his truck. He was charged with DUI and felony hit-and-run.
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.