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 21-year-old woman in another state was responsible for the deaths of six people in a multi-car freeway accident. The early morning accident occurred when the woman drifted across the freeway into oncoming traffic and continued driving in the wrong direction. Witnesses reported that she was driving 70 mph to 100 mph into oncoming traffic. She crashed head-on into an SUV which caused additional accidents. Four people were pronounced dead at the scene and two others died at area hospitals. All of the SUV's occupants were killed along with two of the driver's passengers, including her sister.
The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and felony manslaughter. A partially filled 24-ounce beer can was found in the drunk driver's car.
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.