Driving under the influence of alcohol is bad enough because a drunk driver could injure or kill himself; however, it’s worse when the impaired driver’s actions endanger someone else on the road. Unfortunately, drunk drivers seriously injure and kill thousands of people every year due to their negligent choices.
There’s nothing sadder than an innocent person dying because he or she was in the wrong place at the wrong time – especially when that DUI victim is an innocent child. Drunk driving becomes harder to accept when children are involved.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,210 children age 14 and younger who were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2010. Out of those fatalities, the following list is alcohol-related:
- 211 (17%) of those child fatalities took place in drunk driving crashes.
- Of those 211 fatalities, 131 (62%) of those children were passengers in vehicles where the driver had a BAC level of .08 or greater.
- Of the 211 fatalities, 25 (12%) children were hit by drunk drivers in bicycle accidents or pedestrian accidents.
- The rest of these 211 fatalities were a mix of child passengers in other vehicles as well as other causes.
Although many more adults are killed than children from alcohol-impaired drivers, children are affected as well. The rate of drunk driving crashes is four times more likely to occur at night than during the day. This is probably the biggest reason why adults are more often Georgia DUI victims over children – since most children are not on the roads during the night. However, sometimes children are on the roads late at night as they are being transported by their parents home from the babysitter’s house, from a holiday dinner and evening with the relatives, or for another reason.
Drunk drivers may still be drunk in the early morning and can strike a car with children being transported to school. Additionally, drivers who drink at parties or barbeques on the weekend during the day can hit a child bicyclist or pedestrian playing in their own neighborhood.
If your child was hit by a drunk driver in Georgia and injured or killed, you need to talk with a caring and experienced Atlanta DUI victim attorney to find out how you should proceed following the crash. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 to find out more about your rights in a free consultation today and start your family’s journey toward seeking justice.