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 30-year-old man in another state was arrested and charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated assault after he collided with a bicyclist while driving drunk. The man admitted to police that he had two beers and two shots of vodka at 2 a.m., went to sleep at 4 a.m. and was driving a friend to work at 7 a.m. when the accident occurred. The victim, a 39-year-old father of three, died in the hospital of brain trauma.
The drunk driver remained at the accident scene and agreed to a blood and a urine test. The blood test at the scene registered his BAC at 0.12 percent. The urine test showed a BAC of 0.16 percent.
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.