A very observant citizen helped authorities locate the suspected hit-and-run driver alleged to have been involved in a serious accident on I-575 in Woodstock, Georgia. The accident caused critical injuries to a construction worker.
As a Georgia drunk driving injury lawyer, I can never say enough about the life-changing results of driving under the influence, both for drivers and injured parties. I have served on the executive committee of Georgia Mothers Against Drunk Driving and hope that all readers will join me in supporting their work to eliminate this dangerous behavior.
Driving under the influence never pays, and in this case, the suspect
who was driving a 2006 GMC Sierra pickup truck is finding that out. He ultimately was arrested by Cobb County police on the same day as the accident. As is generally the case, the damage to the vehicle was a match to the damage in the accident.
The accident occurred Friday morning. While standing next to a big rig within a marked construction zone at the Ridgewalk Parkway interchange on I-575, a worker was struck within the zone. He sustained serious injuries and was taken to the hospital apparently in critical condition.
What happened next is against the law. The driver fled the scene in his vehicle. But witnesses were able to document the vehicle’s tag number and describe the damage. An observant citizen noticed the vehicle which was, ironically and tragically in the parking area of a liquor store. She called 911 and the police were able to locate the driver and the vehicle quickly after that. He was arrested after a field sobriety test.
Georgia law is stringent for DUI violations. The Official Code of Georgia Annotated § 40-6-391 prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating substances. The penalties for driving under the influence are also found in this provision.
Drivers convicted of violating this law are guilty of a misdemeanor on a first and second conviction, but a third conviction results in a high and aggravated misdemeanor, and on a fourth or more conviction, a felony. The penalties for these convictions include monetary fines and prison sentences.
Georgia accident victims injured by a drunk driver, intoxicated driver or a driver under the influence of illegal drugs also have greater relief available to them. This is because Georgia law provides no limitation on the amount of punitive damages for personal injury victims under these circumstances. Punitive damages punish an offending driver and deter similar conduct which is why our public policy supports them.
Drunk drivers cause injury and death on Georgia’s roads. If you have been injured in an accident involving a DUI, please contact The Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle, for a free consultation. Our offices are located in Duluth and throughout the Atlanta area, and we provide support to victims and their families in pursuing their legal rights and recover from their injuries.