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Drunk driving is illegal, and has serious consequences. A driver who is drunk could cause accidents to happen, injuring or killing himself or other innocent motorists on the road. If you are involved in an accident with a drunk driver, you need to know what happens in the crash aftermath. An Atlanta drunk driving accident lawyer can provide you with assistance in pursuing legal action to hold the intoxicated motorist responsible for the harm you have experienced. Atlanta drunk driving accident

What Happens After an Atlanta DUI Accident?

After an Atlanta DUI accident, the police should be called. A law enforcement officer can come to the scene of the collision. If the police believe that intoxication played a role in causing the collision to happen, or if the accident was a serious or fatal one, toxicology testing may be performed on the involved drivers.  Police will follow Georgia laws on when a breathalyzer or other blood alcohol concentration test can be administered on motorists, so police may need to get a warrant depending upon the circumstances.

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

In 2011, 277 people died in drunk driving accidents in Georgia. The Georgia Governors’ Office of Highway Safety reports 23 percent of deadly car crashes in the state occurred because of impaired driving.  Nationwide, drunk driving causes as many as 10,000 deaths each year. refreshing-beer-1267279-m

When a driver makes the dangerous choice to be impaired behind the wheel, an Atlanta drunk driving accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C.  can provide legal assistance to the victims injured or killed by the impaired motorist.  Even when victims are compensated for losses, unfortunately nothing can undo damage done when injuries are permanent or when death results from drunk driving. Prevention is always the goal and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced new technologies that could one day perhaps make drunk driving a thing of the past.

Can Technology End Atlanta Drunk Driving Accidents?

Driving under the influence of drugs causes around 18 percent of motor vehicle deaths in the United States. Driving under the influence of alcohol is also extremely dangerous, with Mothers Against Drunk Driving indicating that thee are more than 10,000 fatalities each year as a result of impaired motorists. cannabis-817594-m

An Atlanta drunk driving accident lawyer should be consulted in situations when a driver is impaired by alcohol, cannabis (marijuana), or other prescription and non-prescription medications. Motorists who make the unsafe choice to operate a vehicle while impaired should be responsible for paying for all losses and damages incurred by innocent victims who are harmed as a result of the illegal and unsafe acts.

Now, recent evidence suggests that drivers who use cannabis and alcohol may have a greater chance of getting behind the wheel when impaired as compared with people who do not use both of these substances. Since marijuana use is becoming much more widely accepted throughout the United States as laws are relaxed and public opinion shifts, this new evidence is bad news when it comes to accident prevention.

December is a festive month, but it can also be a dangerous month. Many Atlanta collisions occur over the course of this month as people visit holiday parties or New Years Eve events and end up getting behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. drunk-531484-m

Preventing intoxicated driving needs to be a top priority for motorists this holiday. To draw attention to the issue, December has been classified as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Drivers need to take the opportunity to learn about the statistics and risks of intoxicated driving so they can make informed choices. Victims of crashes also need to learn what their rights are and should strongly consider speaking with an experienced Atlanta drunk driving accident lawyer for help pursuing a damage claim.

Drunk Driving Collision Prevention Efforts

Our Atlanta car accident attorneys know that car accidents take too many lives unnecessarily each year.  Last weekend was a particularly deadly one in the Atlanta area according to news reports. There were car crashes in Clayton, Cobb, and Fulton counties last weekend, which in total caused the death of four people.

On Saturday, a garbage truck rolled over while exiting I-75 at the Cleveland Avenue ramp, killing 54 year old Derryl Simmons, an Atlanta public works employee.  Another employee was injured and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.  A city spokesperson told reporters that alcohol was involved in this crash.  Apparently a colleague warned the city months before Mr. Simmons’s death that there were alcohol issues with some employees, saying, “I tried to speak up when I worked down there”.  The former employee wanted to remain anonymous but said he knew Mr. Simmons and hoped it would show the city they need to do something and take actual action.  The city responded with Interim Director of Communications Carlos Campos writing, “The City of Atlanta has a zero-tolerance policy for drug and alcohol use and routinely conducts random screenings.  An internal investigation is being conducted and we will take appropriate action based on the outcome of that investigation.”  The spokesperson said police were seeking arrest warrants against the driver on charges of first degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, and failure to maintain lane.

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In another accident on Saturday, 20 year old Peter James Judson was hit and killed when hit by a truck on I-85 near the Ga. 400 interchange.  In that accident a passenger tried to climb out a window in the moving car, which then pulled over.  Then Judson walked into traffic where he was hit, and he died at the scene.  The driver that hit him was injured and taken to the hospital.  Rodrigo Solorio, 17 years old, also died on Saturday in a Cobb County wreck.  Solorio was driving a blue 1989 Nissan 240SX southbound on Austell Road.  He attempted to turn left in front of a black 2002 Range Rover driven by 45 year old Wilson Marcellus, and the Range Rover smashed into Solorio’s driver’s side.  Solorio died of his injures and Marcellus and a passenger in his car were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.  Late on Sunday night there was a crash in Clayton County near the intersection of Ga. 85 and Ga. 138 and one person was killed.  The driver of the other car was taken to the hospital.  Investigations into that crash continued on Monday.

Teens and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is an incredibly dangerous combination. Our Atlanta vehicle accident attorneys  know that inexperienced teenage drivers and drunk drivers, separately, both constitute dangers on highway but are also all too often combined.

Usually most people think of drunk driving accidents as involving cars, and that is most often the case. But there was a news story this week about a teen involved in a DUI while driving a motorcycle. Claire Bruce Thomas, a 17-year-old from Canton was driving southbound on Lower Bethany Road near Hornage Road in Cherokee County last Friday evening at around 8:30 or 9 pm when he swerved into oncoming traffic as he tried to round a curve in the road. Thomas hit a Chrysler Town & Country on the front driver’s side, driven by a 68-year-old woman from Ball Ground, injuring the driver but not severely enough that she had to go to the hospital by ambulance. She was treated at North Cherokee. Thomas himself had to be airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center hospital. And Georgia State Patrol allege that Thomas was under the influence when the accident occurred. He has been charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane, driving too fast for conditions, and driving in violation of license restrictions.

The National Highway and Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that for 2008, the most recent year with data, the highest percentage of driver fatalities when the blood alcohol level was above the legal limit was for motorcycle riders. Motorcycles already have higher fatality rates than cars and other vehicles, so it makes sense that DUI fatalities are also the highest. In Georgia, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety showed that 28 percent of Georgia accidents were alcohol related. At the same time, young drivers (those under the age of 20) accounted for 8.5 percent of Georgia drivers, but 12.8 percent of those involved in road accidents in Georgia. These statistics show the deadly combination of factors that happened with 17-year-old Mr. Thomas, who is lucky that there were no fatalities, including his own, in the accident he caused with his impaired driving. Vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the US. The CDC states that in the country, seven teenagers die each day this way, which is about 2,700 teens per year.  And another 282,000 teenagers are treated for injuries related to vehicle accidents. The problem of teenage drunk driving needs to continue to be addressed and those responsible held accountable if these statistics are to improve.

In Columbia County Superior Court this week, Lucky Wade Jackson plead guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide and running a red light. The Criminal Case involved the tragic drunk driving car accident death of 19-year- old Jordan Elizabeth White on September 12, 2012.

Last September, 43-year-old Mr. Jackson was driving his Ford F-250 pickup truck while intoxicated on Washington Road. Later tests confirmed that his blood alcohol level at the time was 0.281, well above the legal limit. Jackson ran a red light at the corner of Ronald Reagan Drive, smashing into Jordan White’s car, a 2001 Honda Accord. The Honda slid onto the grass in front of a bank and Mr. Jackson’s truck went into the other lane, hitting a tractor trailer stopped at the red light. The teenager died later at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital from injuries sustained in the car crash. Her two passengers were treated for minor injuries. A Georgia grand jury indicted Jackson for the crimes above, and also for failure to wear a seatbelt.

Due to his guilty plea, prosecutors in the case recommended to Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. that Jackson receive a sentence of 12 years in prison. Judge Brown sentenced him accordingly – 12 years, plus four more of probation, in addition to community service, alcohol treatment, and restitution. The community service ordered was specified at 500 hours of speaking publicly about the consequences of drunk driving and substance abuse. At the sentencing, Mr. Jackson appeared contrite, saying to the White family, “There’s not enough words I can come up with that tell you how sorry I am. If there is anything I could do to change it or to take Jordan’s place, I would.” Jordan’s mother, Jackie White, said, “Today, there are no winners, just huge loss.”