A 12-year-old boy was killed in an Atlanta car accident, which officials say involved an alleged drunk driver. According to an Associated Press news report, the fatal DUI crash occurred in southwest Atlanta. Officials say the boy was crossing the street when the car struck him. The 43-year-old driver has been accused of striking the boy and fleeing the scene of the crash. The driver has been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield, failure to maintain lane, driving on a suspended license, and reckless driving.
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, there were 1,493 fatalities suffered in Georgia car accidents in the year 2008 and 416 of those fatalities were alcohol-related. Of the 1,021 drivers killed in Georgia car accidents during that same year, 331 had a recorded blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.00, 31 had a BAC less than .08, and 207 had a BAC greater than .08. These numbers may not reflect the total number of fatally injured drunk drivers because 43 percent of all drivers killed were not tested for alcohol consumption.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 16 percent of traffic fatalities with victims who are aged 14 and younger involved impaired drivers. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal DUI crash, it is important that you speak with an experienced Atlanta wrongful death car accident attorney immediately.
At The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., our experienced car accident attorneys provide free consultations to anyone who has suffered a loss in a Georgia car accident. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages including medical and funeral costs and lost future income. Please contact us at (404) 995-3955 to find out how we can help you and your family.