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For decades, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other public advocacy groups have been trying to educate people about the dangers of impaired driving. While drunk driving death rates have declined dramatically, there is still a persistent risk of drunk driving fatalities and injuries on the road. Part of the problem, unfortunately, is many young people are not taking the lessons to heart on DUI. drunk driving accidents

When a young person causes a drunk driving accident to occur, passengers who were in the car with the impaired young driver should consult with an Atlanta drunk driving accident attorney. Any other victims, from pedestrians or bikers to those in other cars, should also get legal help. The teen or young adult can be held accountable for causing impaired driving losses, just as older adult drivers can.

Young Adults are More Likely to Get Into Atlanta Drunk Driving Accidents

A decades-long effort to prevent drunk driving fatalities has been successful at bringing down the rate of people who are injured or killed by impaired drivers. Unfortunately, these efforts haven’t been successful enough to eradicate fatalities and injuries caused by impaired motorist. In fact, drunk driving deaths continue to be a big problem and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has named the eradication of impairment-related deaths as one of its top goals on its 2016 most-wanted list. Atlanta drunk driving accidents

NTSB has a number of suggestions aimed at continuing to bring down the rate of drunk driving deaths and injuries. Unfortunately, some of the suggestions may not go anywhere and others have already been tried. Until every motorist makes the commitment to stay sober, impaired driving accidents will continue to happen. Victims of these tragic crashes need to know their rights and should consult with an Atlanta drunk driving accident lawyer so they can pursue a case against those who hurt them.

New Efforts to Eradicate Atlanta Drunk Driving Accidents

Forbes reports Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous days of the year. In 2012, 764 motor vehicle accidents throughout the nation caused fatalities during Thanksgiving. This is a higher number of fatalities than other high-risk driving days, like Christmas- during which 654 fatalities occurred over the same year. In addition to the deadly crashes, there were also almost 50,000 non-fatal collisions that caused injury over the course of Thanksgiving. thanksgiving-table-1443940

Drivers make many unsafe choices that lead to a higher risk of Thanksgiving accidents. When a motorist endangers himself or others, victims who the driver hurts can pursue a claim for monetary compensation for any losses resulting from a motor vehicle accident. An Atlanta car accident attorney can provide assistance to individuals and to the families of those who are hurt or killed over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Prevention of Thanksgiving Car Accidents

Drunk and drugged drivers are breaking Georgia criminal laws when they get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or other substances affecting their ability to drive safely. These motorists face serious criminal charges, because criminal laws are designed to deter unsafe behavior that could lead to accidents. While many motorists recognize how dangerous drunk driving is and public education campaigns have been effective at reducing this behavior, risks of drugged driving crashes are largely underestimated. This helps to explain why the Washington Post warns drugged driving is now catching up to drunk driving in becoming a leading cause of fatal motor vehicle collisions. marijuana

If you are involved in a car crash and the other driver was drugged at the time of the incident, you could pursue a damage claim to recover monetary compensation. You can even make claims against motorists who used prescription medication or over-the-counter drugs, as well as against drivers who used illegal controlled substances. An Atlanta drugged driving accident lawyer can provide guidance, assistance, and advocacy as you pursue a claim for damages after you or someone you love was hurt or killed by a driver under the influence.

Drugged Driving is Becoming a Leading Reason for Atlanta Car Crashes

In the past 20 years, more than 30 percent of all deaths in motor vehicle accidents have occurred in crashes involving at least one motorist who was intoxicated at the time of the fatal accident. Costs associated with drunk driving losses total around $60 billion annually when considering medical and legal expenses, wage loss, and lost productivity. glass-of-wine-1423645-m

An Atlanta DUI accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter can help victims who got hurt in drunk driving crashes so they can pursue a claim for compensation. A driver who was drunk and who causes an accident must compensate victims for their injuries or compensate surviving family members of people killed in crashes. Far too many families end up facing the grief of a permanent injury or death due to a drunk driver, and Georgia laws aim to get these victims the money they need so they can try to pick up the pieces and move on.

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Worries about drugged drivers are increasingly become a concern for many Americans. Insurance News reports that around half of all Americans responding to a new survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety expressed concerns about drugged drivers. Survey respondents throughout that “drug-impaired drivers are a bigger problem today compared to three years ago.” marijuana 1

It is likely that many people worry about this issue in part because they don’t understand how the laws work to prevent drugged drivers from endangering others. Drugged driving is not legal, but it can be much more difficult to regulate than drunk driving is. If a drugged driver gets behind the wheel of the car and causes a crash, an Atlanta car accident lawyer can help victims or surviving family members to pursue legal action. States have also passed laws imposing criminal penalties for drugged driving.

Drugged Drivers Raise Atlanta Car Accident Worries

Prevention of drunk driving has clearly been a top priority for lawmakers and safety groups. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and other advocates have a strong national organization dedicated to encouraging people to always drive sober. Lawmakers have imposed strict penalties on those who drive while impaired and the National Transportation Safety Board is even urging states to lower the permissible blood alcohol concentration limit to .05 down from the current .08 limit. drunk alcohol

Despite the fact that state lawmakers and safety organizations have worked hard to reduce drunk driving, the Centers for Disease Control report that 10,000 people still die each year due to collisions caused by impaired motorists. A recent study conducted by Boston University and the University of Minnesota sheds some light on why so many drunk driving deaths keep occurring: the policies that could perhaps best prevent these collisions are largely very unpopular.  This makes it difficult for lawmakers to pass regulations and rules that have a meaningful impact on bringing down the number of deaths caused by alcohol use.

Ultimately, regardless of what the specific laws are, drivers have a basic duty of care while on the road. Driving while impaired is considered unreasonably careless or negligent and a drunk driver can thus be sued or have a claim made against him if he causes a crash while intoxicated. An Atlanta drunk driving accident lawyer can help those who have been hurt by someone who is drunk to take legal action.

Fall football season is a time when many young people attend homecoming and other games with their friends. Unfortunately, many teenagers choose to drink at these events. Winter dances and holiday parties are another time of the year when young people may feel pressured to consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel. breathalyzer-465392-m

An Atlanta car accident lawyer knows that teenagers are the age group with the highest rate of motor vehicle collisions and that car accidents are a leading cause of death among teenagers. Preventing teens from getting in the car drunk during fall and the upcoming holidays could help to save lives. Parents should be aware that one of the biggest influences on whether their kids choose to drive drunk is who their children’s friends are.

Peer Pressure and the Risk of Teen Drunk Driving

file0001847431097Our Atlanta car accident attorneys see too many cases of drunk driving costing the lives of Georgians. A recent news story about Philip Lutzenkirchen, a former football star at Auburn University, and the accident that caused his death, highlight this problem once again.

Details of the Crash

The accident happened in the early hours of the morning near LaGrange on June 29. According to a friend, they were going to get food at the time. Both Lutzenkirchen, a tight end who helped Auburn to a national championship in 2010, and the car’s driver were drunk. The car, a 2006 Chevy Tahoe, was driving southbound on Upper Big Springs Road. The driver didn’t stop or slow down at a stop sign at the intersection of Lower Big Springs Road. The Chevy crossed the intersection and smashed into the ditch. According to the police report, it kept going for another 89 feet and hit a fence which caused the car to go airborne. Ith then ran into another ditch along the driveway of the Big Springs Methodist Church before flipping over three times. Police suspected the involvement of alcohol in the crash from the outset.