Atlanta DUI accident lawyers recognize that even though law enforcement agencies continue to crack down on drinking and driving, many people still choose to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other substances. This impairs their ability to operate their vehicle in a safe and responsible manner. Often, this decision leads to the impaired driver being involved in an accident. When these accidents involve other vehicles, there is usually a high occurrence of severe injury or even death to the occupants of the other vehicle.
Atlanta DUI Accident Injuries
In any case where you have been injured in an accident and the other driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you have the right to seek damages from the other party. A knowledgeable Atlanta DUI accident lawyer can help you receive compensation for your injuries. Because of the nature of accidents involving an impaired driver, the damage to person and property can be much worse than other types of accidents. This is due to the fact that the impaired driver’s reflexes and reaction time are much slower, and therefore they may not be able to do as much to avoid the accident or lessen the impact as they would if they were not impaired. Injuries resulting from such an accident can range from minor scrapes and scratches to major, life-altering injuries and may even result in the death of one or more of the innocent occupants of the other automobiles impacted by the impaired driver.
Atlanta DUI Accident Statistics
Every time you enter your vehicle you take safety precautions. Seat belts, child safety seats and airbags are all mechanisms used to ensure the safety of passengers in a vehicle. Unfortunately, there is no way to prepare for the unseen hazard of unsafe drivers in other vehicles. If that driver has also consumed alcohol before climbing behind the wheel, the potential threat to you and your family becomes exponentially more serious.
Alcohol-related accidents account for an estimated annual:
- 15,000 fatalities nationwide
- 500 fatalities in the state of Georgia
- 50,000 motor vehicle accidents in the state of Georgia
- $3 billion in life and property loss in the state of Georgia
Counties Ranked Highest for Atlanta DUI Fatalities
According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, as recently as 2009 Fulton and DeKalb counties ranked highest among Georgia counties for fatalities in vehicle accidents where a driver was under the influence of alcohol. In 2008, Georgia ranked sixth-highest in the nation for alcohol-related fatalities. An unfortunate fact is that several DUI arrests in Georgia are for multiple offenses. The accidents caused by drunk drivers in this state result in terrible and sometimes fatal results for individuals and their families.
Choose a Skilled Atlanta DUI Attorney
After you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you may experience feelings of anger, despair and depression. The one emotional burden you shouldn’t have to bear, however, is helplessness. The Law Offices of Buddoo & Associates is adept at handling cases of injury resulting from a DUI accident and are eager to fight for fair compensation for your injuries, your pain, and your suffering. The effects of a DUI-related injury can be devastating, but you don’t have to fight alone. Buddoo & Associates will give you an honest assessment of your case. The consultation is free – call an Atlanta DUI accident lawyer today at 404.870.3557.