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 late-night single-car accident caused by a drunk driver took the lives of the driver and one of his passengers. According to the police report, the car did not stop or slow down at a stop sign. The driver subsequently lost control and crashed into a ditch. The car continued for nearly 100 feet, crashing into a fence and going airborne. It then went into a second ditch and flipped three times.
Two passengers, including a 23-year-old former Auburn football player, were ejected during the crash. The 22-year-old driver was killed in the accident and had a BAC of 0.17, over twice the legal limit. The former football player was also killed and had a BAC of 0.377, nearly five times the legal limit. A 22-year-old was thrown from the vehicle but survived. Only the front-seat passenger was wearing a seatbelt; that passenger only sustained minor injuries.
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 Shane Smith Law to schedule a free legal consultation.