Newnan, Ga. - Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol reported that they responded to a fatal accident on Georgia 16 early Monday morning.
It was a single car wreck that involved the death of the driver and the serious injury of the one passenger in the vehicle. Officers have reported that they believe the cause of the accident was a combination of not wearing a seatbelt and DUI in Georgia.
The Georgia State Patrol released this statement: “The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the vehicle. The reason the vehicle left the roadway is still under investigation.”
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will walk through how DUI and accidents are closely related in the state of Georgia.
DUI and Accidents
Accidents and DUIs commonly are charged together. If a car accident occurs alongside a DUI arrest, then the accident can actually be used to support the DUI charge. The accident itself may in fact demonstrate that the accused driver was less safe to drive.
Penalties for DUI in Georgia are serious. However, when an accident is involved, the actual expected consequences are heightened. This is especially true if there are injuries to other people or any property damage.
There is also the risk of other charges if you get into an accident while accused of DUI. This can also heighten the penalties including a lengthier suspension of an accused driver's Georgia Driver's License.
Georgia DUI Accidents should never be attempted without the help of knowledgable representation.
Call our offices now if you or a loved one has been arrested for driving under the influence - especially if the arrest involves other charges related to an accident. We can help you with your case today.