Tragic DUI Hit-And-Run Accident Reminds of the Pain Caused by Intoxicated Drivers
While the toll inflicted by drivers who commit DUI cannot be denied, sometimes statistics fail to communicate the very personal impact on individual families. The pain and loss caused by alcohol-impaired drivers is very personal for the friends and family of Emily Bowman, a 19-year-old college student.
Ms. Bowman suffered life-threatening injuries caused by a suspected drunk driver who fled the scene of the recent accident. The hit-and-run driver hit Emily even though she was walking on the grass away from the roadway.
Ms. Bowman suffered serious head injuries that required her to undergo emergency brain surgery. Since the emergency surgery, she remains on a ventilator and continues to experience bleeding and swelling inside and outside of her brain according to a media report. We express our deep sympathies and support to Ms. Bowman and those close to her. Although the public often is inundated with statistics about the lives lost and families devastated by drunken drivers, these numbers cannot communicate the profound pain and loss that this form of reckless behavior causes DUI victims and those close to them.
Sadly, many intoxicated drivers take to the roadways every day without regard to the profound impact their behavior inflicts on innocent victims. There are many habitual drunken drivers that are not deterred by arrests, driver's license suspensions or even accidents resulting in property damage or injury to others. One in three people arrested for DUI is a repeat offender. The indifference of many motorists to the devastating impact caused by their decision to drive while intoxicated is evidenced by the fact that the average alcohol-impaired driver operates a motor vehicle 80 times before being arrested.
The very personal losses and grief experienced by families of DUI victims are accentuated by the financial cost to the public. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DUI costs Americans $132 billion per year. This financial cost is amplified by the loss of 10,000 lives and debilitating injury to many more victims. These enormous financial and human costs are even more tragic because they are so easily prevented.
While drivers from all segments of society drive drunk, the issue is particularly prevalent among college age drivers. One DUI accident study revealed that drivers most likely to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated were between the ages of 21 and 25. Almost a third of drivers in this age range drive under the influence of alcohol. The next age group that is most likely to drive while impaired by alcohol includes drivers between the ages of 18-20. Once drivers are past the age of 25, there is a consistent general decline in the number of drivers who drive while intoxicated.
If your or someone you love has been injured in a collision with a drunken driver, our experienced Georgia auto accident lawyers are committed to representing victims in obtaining compensation and holding drunken drivers accountable for their conduct. Montlick and Associates is available to provide effective legal representation to clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.
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