Drunk Driving Statistics
Drunk driving and driving under the influence (DUI) is a major cause of accidents in the state of Georgia. It also leads to minor as well as tragic and catastrophic physical injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and amputations. There are times where an accident caused by a DUI will lead to death. In fact, just about 26% of all roadway fatalities in Georgia are DUI related. According to the Georgia Department of Driver Services, the state of Georgia over 19 thousand DUI convictions that were processed with the Department of Driver Services. Additionally, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia was said to have ranked 23rd nationwide with regards to drunk driving rates in 2018.
Although drivers are fully aware of the risks involved with driving while impaired, there are a large number of motor vehicle crashes that are the result of the use of alcohol and/or other intoxicants everyday. If you are the victim of a car accident and you were injured as a result of someone driving while intoxicated, the laws in Georgia state that you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.
There are some short term as well as long term injuries people suffer as a result of another person’s careless, reckless, and negligent act of driving while impaired. These injuries can include bruises, fractures, lacerations, brain and spinal cord injuries. There are even cases where people are diagnosed with depression from a doctor after an accident.
Drunk drivers generally face criminal and civil charges. This can give you the upper hand as well as obtaining additional options for receiving compensation for the injuries you suffer.
There are businesses that serve alcohol to people who are already drunk Those businesses can also be held accountable. These instances are known as “dramshop actions”. In these situations, we would generally file suit on these businesses and typically legal proceedings will be held against these establishments as a result of the establishment allowing an already intoxicated patron to leave its establishment and drive away.
Some of these businesses include bars, restaurants and liquor stores and these “dram shop” cases generally occur where restaurants and bars are most prevalent. These areas include but are not limited to locations like Atlanta, Decatur, Athens, Savannah, Columbus and Macon. DUI cases typically take place between 9:00 PM and 4:00 AM and oftentimes we have found that the majority of drivers that drive while intoxicated are typically men between the ages of 21 and 34 years old.
If you are the victim of a DUI accident, do not go at it alone. We will help you navigate the options you face and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.
If you or someone you know has been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, recklessness or negligence because they were driving under the influence, contact The Law Office of Tracy Udunka today. You’ve been through enough. We’ll work hard so you won’t have to. Call (770) 629-1383.