Woodstock, Ga. - Authorities with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office reported a serious crash in Woodstock earlier this morning.
According to reports, a single-car accident occurred on Interstate 75 just south of the Georgia 92 exit. For unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway. The vehicle then crashed into the woods. The driver died at the scene while the two passengers were seriously injured. They were rushed to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. The investigation is ongoing but alcohol could be a factor in the accident.
DUI and Accidents 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.
As you can see if a driver displays any signs of less safe driving, a DUI investigation is likely to be performed by an on-duty officer.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for a serious traffic violation such as DUI in Georgia, contact our offices now.