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 42-year-old Georgia driver was indicted for vehicular homicide after a fatal DUI accident. A grand jury indicted the driver after she caused an accident on Highway 166 while driving under the influence of methamphetamine and leaving the scene.
The driver crossed the center lane to try to pass a truck in a no-passing zone, accelerating faster than the posted speed limit. The woman crashed head-on into a 69-year-old, who died several days later of his injuries.
After the accident, the driver called a friend who came to the accident scene and picked her up. They left the scene before emergency personnel arrived and did not report the accident.
The formal charging document included nine counts between the two women, including three counts of homicide by vehicle, one charge for leaving the scene, one charge for driving under the influence, one charge for reckless driving and improper passing. Her friend was charged with one count of homicide by vehicle for allegedly helping the driver leave the scene of the accident and for making a false statement to police.
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