According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers.
Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are nuanced and complex. This is why it is important to consult Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith. There are many intermingled laws that create many potential complications in a DUI case.
Law enforcement officials may charge a driver thought to be responsible for a fatal accident. Charges are often increased if toxicology results later confirm that the driver was impaired at the time of the accident.
There are two types of death claims that may be pursued by the deceased's family under Georgia law: surviving family members may file a claim pursuant to Georgia's wrongful death statute or a claim may be pursued by the victim's estate. Wrongful death claims may involve complicated issues that include whether the victim left a will, his marital status, whether he had any children, whether he was due to receive an inheritance, the nature of medical care and expenses following the accident and whether the victim suffered as a result of the accident. A case's unique facts will determine who is entitled to settlement or verdict recoveries, which people may pursue wrongful death claims and the values of each claim. A successful claim is aided by the expertise of an experienced Clayton County wrongful death attorney.
You should hire an experienced Clayton County wrongful death attorney if you believe your loved one was killed due to someone else's negligence. 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?
Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation at (770) 487-8999 today!