Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) May 30, 2013 — Atlanta personal injury attorney James Rice has been defending victims of drunk driving accidents for years and there is no lessening in the incidence of drunk driving accidents. “Despite all efforts to end drinking and driving, people still drive while intoxicated,” says Atlanta Car Accident attorney Jim Rice.
National public awareness campaigns to educate the general public about the dangers of drinking and driving, and state and local law enforcement increasing enforcement of driving while under the influence continue to rise, as do the incidences of arrest and accidents due to drunkenness. Even with concerted efforts at ending drinking and driving, people still drive drunk. Georgia drivers should understand how large a problem drinking and driving is in this state and the seriousness of the accidents.
MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, reports someone dies in a drunk driving accident every 53 minutes, and someone is injured in an alcohol-related car accident every 90 seconds. In Georgia one-fourth of all Georgia car accident fatalities are alcohol related accidents.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year olds. In 2009, more than five thousand 15- to 20-year old drivers were involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes and in almost half of them the drivers were killed. To break it down: in 2009, 771 (33%) of drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 who were killed in an automobile accident had a blood alcohol level of .01 or higher; 651 (28%) had a BAC of .08 or higher.+
Drunk driving accidents tend to be overwhelming because drunk drivers frequently do nothing to avoid an accident, as sober drivers would. They hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, exacerbating the severity of the accident; they fall asleep and have no idea they’ve entered oncoming traffic.
Injuries frequently seen in with drunk driving accidents include:
- debilitating spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limbs
- brain injuries
The Georgia civil court system allows victims to recover financially for injuries and/or other damages caused by a drunk driver. Victims of drunk driving accidents may file a claim against a drunk driver to recover losses; they may seek reimbursement for disabilities, lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.
Atlanta car accident lawyer, James Rice finds that drunk drivers are easily distracted and find it difficult to recover from bad decisions in handling their vehicles. Victims of such accidents should call an experienced car accident lawyer to evaluate their rights
About James Rice, Jr., P.C
The Atlanta personal injury law firm of James A. Rice, Jr. PC, based in Atlanta, GA, represents persons injured in car, truck, and drunk driving accidents. Additionally, they handle slip and fall injuries, landlord liability and medical malpractice, among other personal injury claims. Atlanta car accident attorney James Rice has obtained judgments and settlements exceeding $30,000,000.00 for his clients.
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