Georgia DUI Accident Attorney Shane Smith Warns Drunk Driving Puts Everyone at Risk on the Road
According to the Centers for Disease Control, a lot of people drank a lot of alcohol. Even more frightening is that near 112 million cases of people drinking and driving occurred in 2010 alone. Nearly 9 out of 10 drivers (85%) admitted to having at least 4 or 5 drinks and then driving a motor vehicle. Statistically speaking, men take up nearly 80% of all drunk driving incidents.
Based on research from the Century Council, 2011 showed some scary statistics that directly affected Georgia residents. Regarding drunk driving deaths, there were 277 deaths for all drivers and 31 caused by underage drunk drivers. Based on the population, per every 100,000 residents, there were almost 3 and 1 deaths respectively. The number of drunk driving incidents with drivers having blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.15 or more was 70.
Since there are so many incidents of drunk driving in Georgia, you need to be prepared on how to deal with a drunk driver when you are on the road. If you are on the road and see a drunk driver operating their vehicle, there are some things you can do to keep yourself and other safe. The first thing that you need to know is how to determine if someone is driving drunk. Some signs include:
- Making extremely wide turns
- Crossing and “floating” across lanes
- Coming to a near miss with another car or stationary object
- Driving or braking excessively slow
- Stopping when there is no traffic signals
- No use of headlights
The first thing to do when you see a drunk driver is to get out and stay out of the car’s way as efficiently as possible. Once you are safe, try to get as much information about the car including the color, license plate number and any other unique information on the car and the driver. Contacting local law enforcement as soon as safe will enable you to keep yourself and others safe on the road.
Based on these statistics, driving in Georgia can be quite a dangerous place to drive. Unfortunately, there is no way to stop every single case of drunk driving and the associated physical and emotional costs of being involved in one. If you have been involved in an accident and have sustained emotional and physical damages, you may have a case. Consulting with a Lawrenceville DUI accident attorney from the Law Offices of Shane Smith will help you determine what legal rights you are entitled to. Call our law firm at (770) 487-8999 today!