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 36-year-old woman in another state hit several cars before leaving the road and running down a mother and her 7-year-old daughter as they were walking home from school. The child was killed in the accident.
According to the police report, witnesses observed the driver hit a parked car before accelerating well above the posted 30 mph limit and jumping the curb. She hit the mother and child, drove through a hydrant and crashed into the front yard of a home. Witnesses confronted the driver and prevented her from leaving the scene as police were called. The driver was unhurt.
The driver told police that she had not been drinking. A blood sample taken nine hours after the accident revealed a BAC of 0.125 percent; a police chemist estimated the BAC range at the time of the accident was somewhere between 0.188 percent and 0.386 percent.
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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 Shane Smith Law for a free consultation.