A woman was driving down Tommy Lee Cook Road when she lost control of her vehicle and allegedly went off of the road around a curve in Coweta County. It is believed that the vehicle went off the road and down into an embankment and hit a tree. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and the passenger in the car was injured.
According to reports, alcohol and drugs are not currently factors in the crash.
However, many times alcohol and drugs are factors in both serious and fatal accidents. As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I am sadly very familiar with these types of accidents. In today's post, I will outline serious injury by vehicle in Georgia.
Accidents and Serious Injuries by Vehicle in Georgia
Georgia DUI Penalties are greatly exacerbated if the case involves an accident or a serious injury or in the absolute worse case scenario a death. Most DUI cases in Georgia are treated as misdemeanors. However, as with most things in the law, there are exceptions, particularly when DUI results in the serious injury or death of another individual.
The Georgia Code states that if you cause another person bodily harm while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or by driving recklessly you can be charged with the felony offense of Serious Injury by Vehicle in Georgia. O.C.G.A. §40-6-394.
If someone is seriously injured due to an alleged DUI or reckless driver, the driver will be charged with a felony that can result in up to 15 years of prison time. It is irrelevant if the injured party is your own passenger or family member.
Charges such as those mentioned in this post today need to be taken seriously. As an office, we have over 50 years of combined experience in DUI Defense and specialize in complex DUI cases.