Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 30 people die in drunk driving crashes every day, and drunk driving crashes claim about 10,000 lives per year. Along with this, billions of dollars in personal and public damages are caused. If you have been in an accident caused by the recklessness of another person, let a drunk driving accident lawyer at The Sessions Law Firm help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We understand how to present these cases and maximize your recovery following a DUI accident.
How big is the drunk driving accident problem?
The problem of drunk driving arose almost as soon as motor vehicles came into use. See J. Jacobs, Drunk Driving: An American Dilemma 57 (1989) (Jacobs). New Jersey enacted what was perhaps the Nation’s first drunk driving law in 1906, 1906 N. J. Laws pp. 186, 196, and other States soon followed. These early laws made it illegal to drive while intoxicated but did not provide a statistical definition of intoxication. As a result, prosecutors normally had to present testimony that the defendant was showing outward signs of intoxication, like imbalance or slurred speech. R. Donigan, Chemical Tests and the Law 2 (1966) (Donigan). As one early case put it, “[t]he effects resulting from the drinking of intoxicating liquors are manifested in various ways, and before any one can be shown to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor it is necessary for some witness to prove that some one or more of these effects were perceptible to him.” State v. Noble, 119 Ore. 674, 677, 250 P. 833, 834 (1926). The 1930’s saw a continued rise in the number of motor vehicles on the roads, an end to Prohibition, and not coincidentally an increased interest in combating the growing problem of drunk driving. Jones, Measuring Alcohol in Blood and Breath for Forensic Purposes—A Historical Review, 8 For. Sci. Rev. 13, 20, 33 (1996) (Jones).
Birchfield v. North Dakota, 579 U.S. ___ (2016).
That quote from a recent United States Supreme Court case presents, at least in part, a historical perspective of the battle against car accidents, injuries, and fatalities resulting from drunk driving. Culturally, our acceptance of drinking and driving has changed dramatically; however, we still have to deal with an extremely high number of these incidents. We call them incidents, as opposed to accidents, because alcohol-related incidents that result in injuries and deaths are anything but accidents.
Are drunk driving accidents increasing?
The overall trend in DUI-alcohol and DUI-drug related automobile crashes and fatalities is positive. Overall, the numbers show that alcohol- and drug- related fatalities resulting from car accidents has dropped slightly in 2018 by approximately 3.6% as compared to 2017. However, the total number of fatalities resulting from drunk- and drugged-driving continues to remain staggeringly high. In 2018, the overall number of deaths caused as a result of drunk- and drugged drivers was approximately 10,511 – that’s a decrease of 397 alcohol and drug related deaths as a result of driving from 2017. The total number of fatalities in automobile accidents was approximately 36,564 during 2018.
One of the really alarming pieces of data that comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that the overall number of pedestrian- and bicycle-related deaths as a result of drunk and drugged drivers has increased by about 2.2% during 2018.
An injury or death caused by an impaired driver is a completely preventable event. The drunk driver deserves to be punished for the life-altering affects of their decision.
A person that drives a vehicle after having consumed alcohol consciously places the safety and lives of others at risk, and they deserve to pay for that needless risk and the damages that they cause others to suffer. At The Sessions Law Firm, we know alcohol-related incidents as well as anyone in Georgia. You will not find a lawyer that understands the evidence and science related to drunk driving cases better than Ben Sessions, and we utilize that very specialized knowledge to help maximize the recovery that our clients seek after a drunk-driving crash. If you or someone that you love has been hurt by a drunk driver and you want a lawyer that will fight to help you obtain the recovery you deserve, call us.
In considering drunk driving accidents that we also consider the dangers of drowsy driving which go hand-in-hand with drunk accidents.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN HURT BY A DRUNK DRIVER, OUR DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENT LAWYER CAN HELP YOU.
Accidents involving drunk drivers and drivers charged with DUI present unique evidentiary and insurance issues. Our personal injury lawyers are experienced in representing clients in these cases. You will be hard pressed to find an attorney with more experience litigating alcohol-related issues, drunk driving cases, and drunk driving cases involving serious injuries or fatalities. We want to put that experience to work for you.
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