According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers. 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. Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.
Atlanta police responded to an early morning accident in an upscale Clayton County neighborhood after a bicyclist was struck by an alleged drunk driver. The bicyclist was traveling with the right-of-way at 1 a.m. when he was struck by an SUV that fled the accident scene.
Law enforcement officers arrested a man shortly after the incident and reported that he failed field sobriety tests and had a 0.14 percent blood alcohol content (BAC), nearly twice the legal limit. The driver was charged with DUI, reckless driving and following too closely. The bicyclist was hospitalized with a broken leg, several broken ribs and head trauma.
There were approximately 416 Georgia fatalities in 2008 related to drunk driving. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), 29 percent of Georgia auto accidents involve alcohol or drugs. Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that approximately one of every three vehicular fatalities involves drunk driving. On average drunk driving kills someone in America every hour. Every 90 seconds someone is injured due to drunk driving.
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.