DUI and DWI Cases
Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in the U.S. Despite these types of accidents being completely preventable, many irresponsible and careless individuals continue to drink and drive.
- According to the CDC, every day in the United States, almost 30 people die in an automobile accident involving an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death from an alcohol-related vehicle accident every 48 minutes .
- In 2009, 10,839 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving accidents, accounting for nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. .
- Georgia law stipulates that anyone driving with blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher is presumed to be “DUI” (Driving Under the Influence) .
- Drivers with a BAC of .10% are six to 12 times more likely to get into a fatal or serious-injury crash than drivers with a no alcohol in their bloodstream .
The Dangers of Drinking and Driving
Driving while intoxicated is a leading cause of car accidents. The effects of drunk driving can be tragic and fatal. These incidents account for nearly a third of traffic accident fatalities in the U.S. each year, according to the federal government.
Drunk driving is also costly. When there are injuries or deaths from DUI accidents, the costs and effects can be very significant. The legal effects of drunk driving may include probation, therapy, fines, jail time and other civil penalties such as a lawsuit.
As in other car accidents, a person injured by a drunk driver may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. In these cases of serious recklessness, punitive damages may also be available to punish the liable party for their acts and to serve as a deterrent for repeating this behavior.
Contact Childers, Schlueter & Smith
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving an intoxicated driver, you almost certainly deserve resolution for this extreme case of recklessness. A driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol when involved in an accident in Georgia can be subject to punitive damages in addition to the compensation obtainable for injuries suffered in other types of accidents. Our attorneys are very experienced in DUI cases, and will handle them with the precision and heavy-handedness that they require.
Contact us by submitting your information through the form on this page, or by calling us at 404-419-9500.
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