As the holiday season is in full swing, many people in Georgia are out and about on their way to or from various parties and celebrations. These events may provide a lot of joy for most people but they also open up more opportunities for drivers to make the negligent choice to get behind the wheel of their vehicles after drinking alcohol instead of finding alternative methods of transportation.
Advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving have worked tirelessly for numerous decades now to get the message out to drivers that they should put away their keys if they want to drink. Unfortunately, some people seem too stubborn to heed this advice. As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 28 percent of the vehicular fatalities in Hall County between 2013 and 2018 happened in accidents in which alcohol was a noted factor.
Statewide, there were 405 drunk driving deaths in 2008 and 333 in 2009. Then, the number of these deaths dropped below 300 until 2015 when 358 lives were lost at the hands of drunk drivers. Another 384 and 366 people were killed in crashes involving alcohol in 2016 and 2017, respectively. For the last five years, drunk driving has been attributed to as many as one-fourth of all deaths on Georgia roads, highways and freeways.
If you would like to learn more about how to seek help after you or someone you love has been involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, please feel free to visit the impaired driving crash compensation page of our Georgia personal injury website.