Fatal Accident Reported in Atlanta

Posted by Richard Lawson | Dec 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

A driver has been reported dead after allegedly losing control of their vehicle on the Buford Spring Connector around 10:30 last night.

There were some witnesses to the accident and they reported seeing the vehicle attempting to get off an exit and driving down an embankment.

Typically serious accidents involve some sort of traffic violation. In this tragic situation, the driver allegedly crossed the road into oncoming traffic in order to get off the connector. As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will write about how accidents correspond with DUI in Georgia.

Accidents and Driving Under the Influence in Georgia

If an accused DUI driver is involved in a car accident, the accident itself can be used to support a DUI charge by showing that the person was less safe to drive depending on the circumstances of the accident.

A car accident may also frustrate a favorable negotiation with the prosecution. Georgia DUI Penalties are likely to be more severe when a car accident is involved even when no person or property was injured or damaged. Also the accident itself can be used as an indication of less safe driving, which is an element of the DUI offense itself.

Much like if an officer witnesses an alleged traffic violation, if an officer witnesses drivers in distress, he or she has every legal right to approach each vehicle and perform an in-depth investigation.

This can lead to a search of the vehicle or even a DUI investigation.

Practice Note

As we get closer to the New Year's festivities, it is important for me to remind all of you to choose a designated driver for the night if you are planning on drinking. However, if you or a loved one is arrested, contact our offices, and we can help you through the entire process.

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