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 35-year-old woman in another state killed two when she collided at 90 mph with a car sitting at a red light and two other cars. A 37-year-old and a 33-year-old in the rear-ended car were killed instantly. The DUI driver, a personal trainer, was charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and aggravated DUI.
According to the police report the driver exited her vehicle after the accident and began acting strangely by doing yoga and calisthenics on the sidewalk. She showed signs of impairment and told officers that she had smoked marijuana the night before. She also said that she had slowed after traveling 120 mph prior to the collision.
The driver was taken to a hospital where she was diagnosed to have suffered broken vertebrae. Other officers visited the woman's home while she was hospitalized and found her family members packing her belongings. The family members told officers the woman planned to return home to Guatemala to avoid being arrested.
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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.