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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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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.”