Georgia is plagued by an epidemic of DUI accidents, drunk driving incidents resulting in fatal consequences. According to the CDC, 3,699 people have died in drunk driving accidents from 2003-2012. One in three traffic deaths are attributed to the reckless driving behavior of an intoxicated motorist.
Although only 1.4% of Georgia drivers admitted to driving after drinking too much, drunk drivers get behind the wheel more than anyone would like to admit. If your vehicle has been damaged or you have been injured by a drunk driver, you deserve fair and just compensation.
Cohen & Sinowski, P.C. has the legal expertise and experience to help you successfully take your case to trial and win.
Common Injuries from Drunk Driving & DUI Accidents
Georgia is enforcing harsher punishments for drunk drivers for a reason. Even a few drinks can significantly impair a driver’s reaction time and motor skills, increasing the likelihood of a DUI collision.
According to MADD, an individual will be injured from a drunk-driving collision every two minutes. Even more shocking, an average of two out of three people will be part of a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. Injuries can have result in life-changing consequences, including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Laceration wounds
- Nerve damage
- Burn injuries
- Blunt force trauma
Drunk Driving Laws in Georgia
It’s illegal for drivers to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher in the state of Georgia. Each person will have a different BAC based on the number of consumed drinks, weight, gender, frequency of drinking, and other factors.
Be sure to check this Blood Alcohol Concentration Calculator to know what your estimated BAC will be after an allotted number of drinks. To be absolutely safe, don’t operate any motor vehicle unless you are completely sober.
Stay safe, and follow Georgia’s drinking and driving laws. Most importantly, always have a designated driver when you go out and consume alcohol. It may not be possible to avoid drunk drivers on the road, but you can help prevent causing DUI accidents.
Georgia’s open container law punishes drivers from operating a vehicle with an open container of alcohol in the car. This law includes driving a car while drinks with broken seals or empty alcoholic cans and bottles are in the vehicle.
If you’re involved in an accident and you believe the other driver was intoxicated, let the officer who arrives at the scene of your accident know. If the officer agrees with your suspicion, the other driver is obligated to allow a breath, blood, or urine test to assess their current blood alcohol content.
Drivers must take the test immediately after an officer’s request. If they choose to refuse a test, they may be punished with legal action or a suspended license.
Seek Legal Action for DUI Accidents in Georgia
If you have been involved in an accident due to the negligence of a drunk driver, you can pursue legal action and justice. We have a team of experienced DUI accident attorneys ready to counsel you and hear your case.
Reach out to the Cohen & Sinowski team for expert counsel. We will guide you through these troubling times and diligently pursue the justice you deserve.
Call us at 404-351-8888, or request a free legal consultation online from Cohen & Sinowski today.