Alcohol Use As a Common Factor in Car Crashes in Georgia

Sheryl L. Burke
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While there are many common kinds of accidents that frequently result in serious injury-rollover crashes, side impact accidents and head-on collisions, to name a few-drunk driving fueled by alcohol use is one serious type of accident that can actually lead to other types of serious accidents in the state of Georgia.

While drunk driving is considered a crash type in and of itself, it can lead to some of the following common types of serious car crashes, including:
 

  • "Asleep at the wheel" accidents - alcohol was a factor in 20% of all of these car crashes, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study.
  • High speed accidents - a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher was a factor in 40% of all of fatal speeding car crashes, according to 2004 numbers from the NHTSA. 


While the above numbers are based on national statistics, drunk driving also accounts for a large portion of Georgia's fatal accidents. From 2007 to 2008, there were more than 45,000 third-time offenders for DUIs and a total of 331 DUI-related fatalities in Georgia.

If you've been involved in a common type of Georgia car crash, whether it was the result of another's alcohol use or some other act of negligence, you may be able to file a Georgia personal injury claim. To find out all the details of the claims process and how compensation can cover your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses, contact an Atlanta car accident attorney. 

Contacting an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney

If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 404-842-7838.

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