Three pedestrians were struck by a car outside an Atlanta nightclub involving a driver who may have been under the influence. CBS Atlanta reports that the driving under the influence (DUI) accident occurred outside the Asylum nightclub on Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta. Officials say the car left the roadway and crashed into the nightclub. One of the pedestrians was pinned against the building and two of the three victims were hospitalized after the crash. The driver fled the scene of the accident on foot and was arrested about a block away. He faces DUI and hit-and-run charges.
Drugs and alcohol can impair your motor functions and delay your reaction time. Motorists who are impaired are much more likely to leave the roadway, drift from their lane of traffic, or make a reckless decision. Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is also illegal.
Under Georgia Statute 40-6-391: “A person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any moving vehicle while … under the influence of drugs or alcohol to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive … or with an alcohol concentration of .08 grams or more at any time within three hours after such driving.”
In addition to facing criminal charges, drunk drivers can also be held civilly liable for the injuries and damages they cause. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, physical therapy, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Victims of DUI drivers would be well advised to contact an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. at (404) 995-3955 who will fight for their rights and ensure that they receive just compensation for their losses.