According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers.


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.


Georgia's Dram Shop Act provides that a person who sells, furnishes, or serves alcohol to an intoxicated person of lawful drinking age shall not be liable for injury, death, or damage the person causes because of their intoxication. The Dram Shop Act also holds that someone may become liable if they knowingly sell alcohol to a noticeably intoxicated person when they know that person will soon be driving.


Kelly Stevens, co-host of B98.5-FM's "Vikki and Kelly Show," was injured in 2012 when he used evasive maneuvers to avoid a drunk driver. The drunk driver was killed in the accident while Stevens suffered broken bones after his car rolled over.


Stevens plans to sue the bars that served the drunk driver. A private investigator discovered that the 22-year-old alleged drunk driver had been drinking at two different bars before the crash. A toxicology report showed the alleged DUI offender's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent. According to Stevens' attorney, it is inconceivable that the bars' servers would not have noticed someone so highly intoxicated.


Stevens could receive damages for any medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages that resulted from the accident.


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 the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.


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