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 31-year-old man in another state was speeding on a highway when he lost control of his car and killed two passengers and severely injured two others. The early morning accident occurred when the driver, who prosecutors claimed was driving more than 100 mph, lost control and crashed into trees on the side of the roadway. A 22-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man were both killed on impact. Two other passengers were ejected from the car, including a 22-year-old man who had a leg severed and a 19-year-old man who suffered severe internal injuries. The driver had both of his legs severed and suffered internal injuries but survived the accident.
According to the police report, the driver's BAC 40 minutes after the accident was 0.31 percent, early four times the legal limit. The driver also had marijuana in his system at the time of the accident.
The driver, who worked as a high school safety aide, was charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, manslaughter, vehicular assault, assault, driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, driving while intoxicated by the combined use of drugs and alcohol, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. He pled not guilty to all 28 charges.
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 Shane Smith Law for a free consultation.