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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.

Atlanta car accident attorneys know that driving can be dangerous when drivers aren’t careful, but that things like drunk driving make the roads a much more dangerous place than it should be.  A recent news story highlighted how much of a problem drunk driving is in our area, and it was extremely lucky that this unnecessary compounded road accident did not lead to any fatalities, although two individuals were injured and hospitalized.

On Friday, July 5, at around 3am, a seven car pile-up happened in Clayton County near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.  The accident happened on I-75 just near the exit for the airport.  The events leading to the accident started with a pedestrian walking on the highway.  The pedestrian was hit by a passing car, which lead to a chain reaction with six following cars, blocking the entire southbound part of the highway for hours.  The pedestrian was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but will face a pedestrian in the roadway charge.  Then, to make the situation worse and more dangerous, of the seven cars involved in this pile-up, six drivers have been or will be cited for driving under the influence.  A local police officer told reporters, “You’re already under the influence of alcohol.  You’re driving.  You see something, some type of accident in front of you.  You’re going to swerve and that would cause other cars to do the same.”

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Four of those drivers were taken to Clayton County jail.  William Scott Kirk II was charged with a DUI and following too close.  Najm Martinez was charged with a DUI and driving less safe.  Joseph Daise was charged with a DUI.  And Tawan Hayes was charged with a DUI and following too close.  A fifth, Joshua Noble, was also charged with a DUI according to the Clayton County Police Department.  A sixth driver is expected to be charged with a DUI once he is released from the hospital.