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. Georgia DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.
A Georgia man lost control of his car after traveling 86 mph in a 45 mph zone, striking a bicyclist before running off the road and colliding with a tree. The car flipped and killed a passenger who was sitting in the passenger's seat. The bicyclist survived but sustained serious neck and spinal cord injuries. The driver was charged with first degree vehicular homicide, DUI, reckless driving, speeding, failure to maintain lane and possession of cocaine. The passenger's daughter told police she knew her father and the driver had been drinking before the accident.
The police report indicates that the accident was caused by a combination of excessive speed and alcohol. According to the NHTSA, approximately 10,000 people are killed each year in DUI-related accidents per year and roughly a third of all auto accidents involve excessive speed.
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.