According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic fatalities are on a slow decline in the United States. In the state of Georgia, however, drunk driving related incidents (DUI and DWI) still make up about 28% of all roadway fatalities. Although all injuries and deaths caused by drunk drivers are completely preventable, there are still thousands of drunk driving victims every year in this country. Just about every 90 seconds, someone is injured in a drunk driving crash, and every single day in America, another 27 people die in accidents that result from drunk driving. It’s hard to believe, but according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, (MADD), on average, one in three people will at some point in their lifetime be involved in a drunk driving incident. They refer to it as the most frequently committed violent crime in America, taking the blame for one-third of all fatal accidents in the country. These are some sobering drunk driving facts.
Drunk driving incidents can’t be called accidents because when a driver gets behind the wheel after drinking alcohol they are knowingly putting everyone in their vehicle and everyone else on the road at risk for serious danger. All facts about drunk driving considered, it is a choice and a crime, not an accident. Safety of passengers and others on the road is the responsibility of the driver, who should be aware that human mechanical faculties become significantly diminished and impaired due to alcohol consumption. Victims in these cases aren’t in any way culpable for their injuries – the responsibility falls solely upon the driver to not only drive safely but also to abide by the law.
Drunk driving events not only affect the individuals involved in a crash, such as other drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists, but victims’ family members and their community as well. Georgia state laws have provisions that help compensate victims, discourage drunk driving and punish dangerous alcohol-impaired drivers. If you or a family member has been injured or suffered death due to an incident involving drunk driver misconduct, you have the legal right to seek justice against the drunk driver for the harm they have caused and the legal right to recover compensation for your financial, physical and emotional losses. Call (770) 467-3372 today for a FREE consultation with an experienced attorney at The Law Office of Richard D. Hobbs & Associates.