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 22-year-old woman in another state was killed when the drunk driver of the vehicle in which she was riding lost control and crashed.
According to the police report, the 21-year-old driver ran a red light and swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle. He lost control of the car on a freeway on-ramp, causing the car to roll over and crash into a guardrail and a tree. The female passenger suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.
The driver was charged with DUI causing death, gross vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and probation violation. He was previously arrested for DUI and refused to give a breath test, resulting in a suspended license.
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.