There is no doubt that driving while intoxicated is a negligent and reckless decision. Alcohol impairs vision, decision making and reaction time, none of which are helpful when trying to drive.
The unfortunate truth of the matter is that there are a seemingly endless number of accidents that act as an example of the damage that this behavior holds. A recent drunk driving accident occurred in Georgia that acts as an all too real reminder of the consequences of impaired driving.
The accident occurred on Sunday, Nov. 8, at approximately 3:30 a.m. It started when a vehicle ran out of gas. The driver was forced to stop on the side of the road, and a Good Samaritan stopped to help. While the two vehicles were pulled over alongside the road, a third vehicle involved itself in the situation.
This third vehicle wasn’t there to help. Instead, the driver slammed into the back of the Good Samaritan’s vehicle and then continued to side-swipe the vehicle that was out of gas. Two of the individuals that were in or near the vehicles parked alongside the road lost their lives as a result of the collision. There was at least one other individual that was injured as well.
Georgia State Patrol confirmed that the driver that rear-ended the other two vehicles will be charged in the incident. Blood was drawn from the driver to confirm the officers’ suspicions that alcohol was involved in causing the serious car accident. The results of that testing were not available at the time of the media report.
Criminal charges often follow serious or fatal drunk driving accidents, but it is important to remember that the criminal process is separate from a personal injury lawsuit. Victims can seek compensation from negligent drivers regardless of whether or not the driver was charged with a crime.
Source: WSB-TV, “GSP: Alcohol may be factor in Newton County fatal crash,” Nov. 10, 2013