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DUI Fatalities

Everyone knows driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is dangerous, and yet DUIs and their resulting deaths are still a huge problem, not just in Atlanta, but across the country. Alcohol, narcotics, recreational drugs, pain killers, and combinations of these all affect how your brain responds to stimuli, slowing reaction time and altering perception.

Of the 300,000 people across the country that drive drunk each day, only about 3,200 of them are arrested. This means that over 89% of drunk drivers go unchecked and unreprimanded, able to cause harm and drive drunk again.

Dangers of Driving Under the Influence

It’s difficult to determine the exact degree to which certain drugs affect the ability to drive, largely because of people’s tendency to mix drugs with other drugs and drugs with alcohol. Stimulants and depressants alike work to change your perception and how your body responds to what it perceives, making driving incredibly dangerous.

Drivers under the influence put not only themselves but other drivers on the road, at risk with their actions. Attention to the road, depth perception, reaction time, stimulus processing, and alertness all greatly suffer when a driver has been drinking or using drugs.

DUI Wrongful Death

Roughly one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States are caused by drivers under the influence, split almost evenly between drugged driving and drunk driving deaths.

In DUI fatality cases, negligence and damages are seemingly obvious—the driver made the decision to get behind the wheel when in a clearly incapacitated state and killed someone. However, things can get tricky, especially when the offending driver gets their own legal team involved. Law enforcement is cracking down on DUIs, but ensuring that you are fairly represented by an experienced legal team is essential to getting compensated for your pain and suffering.

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