Atlanta Drunk Driving Accidents Attorney
Accidents caused by DUI drivers
About 1 in 3 traffic deaths in the United States involves a drunk driver. Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher are considered “alcohol-impaired” or drunk drivers by law. The legal limit is even less for commercial drivers. Due to the risk and potential for injury when driving a commercial vehicle, Georgia law cuts this limit in half for CDL drivers. A commercial truck driver is considered to be intoxicated or driving drunk if they have a BAC of 0.4% or greater.
Fatal car accidents caused by drunk drivers
In some years, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States involved drivers driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Though some statistics say that the rate of fatal or serious injuries cases caused by drunk drivers are on the decline, drunk drivers still get behind the wheel millions of times each year causing serious injury and even death to innocent citizens all over the country. According to the CDC, nearly 20% of traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years involved a DUI driver.
Studies have shown that although over 1 million drivers are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs each year, that number accounted for just 1% of the more than 100 million self-reported episodes of drunk driving among U.S. adults each year.
DUI, or driving under the influence, is often only associated with drunk driving, but its not just limited to alcohol. Driving under the influence of drugs, both legal prescription medication and illegal drugs, accounts for more than 15% of DUI car accidents each year.
Motorcyclists are also at increased risk of fatal crashes. Among those motorcycle riders killed in motorcycle accidents, approximately one-third (33%) had blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of 0.08% or greater.
A concerning CDC statistic shows that drivers with a BAC of 0.08% or higher, who were involved in fatal crashes were 7 times more likely to have a prior conviction for DUI than were drivers who were involved in fatal accidents with no alcohol in their system. That means that drunk drivers are repeatedly getting behind the wheel and driving drunk without regard for public safety.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are generally awarded in the form of inflated sums of money designed to punish a drunk driver and discourage them from ever driving drunk again. While drunk drivers will likely face severe criminal charges, and have to pay large fines, we will pursue a civil case against them to recover the money that you deserve.
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At Kaine Law, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing for our legal services unless we obtain compensation on your behalf. If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident because of a drunk driver, contact us online or call 404-214-2001 for a free case evaluation. Hablamos español.