According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the three groups with the greatest risk of being in a DUI accident are young people, motorcyclists and drivers with prior DUI convictions. More than one-third of drivers with blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher are between the ages of 21 and 24. Drunk drivers involved in fatal accidents are eight times more likely to have a prior DUI conviction.
Driving under the influence (DUI) refers to the criminal act of operating an automobile while impaired by alcohol or drugs. While most impaired accidents are attributable to alcohol, impairment from drugs accounts for approximately 18 percent of automobile fatalities. Almost 30 people die in the United States each day in an alcohol-related accident. This calculates to one death every 48 minutes. In 2009, nearly one-third of all traffic-related fatalities were from DUI accidents.
Despite harsh penalties to punish drunk drivers, the Georgia criminal justice system does not compensate victims or their families for the loss they may suffer from the accident. Fines and jail sentences imposed on drunk drivers often do not compare to the medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering that a victim must endure.
DUI victims may have flashbacks of the accident. Pain resulting from the accident may be a constant reminder. They may have to endure costly surgeries, medical treatment, long-term rehabilitation and therapy and medication or prescription costs. This continuing reminder of the pain and expense is not a choice for the victim; this is the price the victim pays for another's recklessness. A DUI accident victim frequently is unable to return to work again and another family member may need to care for the victim. The victim's lost income and the altered or lost income from the caregiver should be the responsibility of the DUI offender.
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.