The Summer Season Leads to Increased DUI Accidents in Georgia


July 15, 2013

Outdoor barbecues, beachfront gatherings, boating, and spending warm summer evenings with friends and family lead to wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. The longer days and nicer weather result in greater travel between different events, meaning that drivers spend more time on the road. However, the social events of summer can also involve alcohol consumption and can result in a serious accident or an arrest for driving under the influence. It takes much less alcohol to put you over the legal limit than you may think. It is important to be aware of the presence of alcohol during the seasonal festivities, and to make alternative arrangements for driving if you plan to drink.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has conducted studies that demonstrate that incidences of drunk driving increase by twenty percent during the warmer weather. Many law enforcement agencies set up increased alcohol checkpoints during the summer months, starting Memorial Day weekend and continuing through Labor Day. These additional alcohol enforcement efforts are funded by various sources and are specifically focused on the revelry of the summer and cracking down on the increased drunk driving incidences that result from more social gatherings. 

Although law enforcement agencies are beefing up DUI patrols and checkpoints, there will be those who will cause serious harm to others, as a result of the decision to drink and drive. Intoxicated drivers, particularly those who have a repeat history of driving under the influence, pose a special danger to pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists and the occupants of other vehicles. Unfortunately, law enforcement's efforts to deter drunk driving aren't completely effective against habitual offenders. Statistics from MADD indicate that between half to two-thirds of drivers who have their license suspended for alcohol-related offenses continue driving despite the suspension.

Many accident victims of drunken drivers often presume that their legal claim is a "slam dunk" and are frustated when their case is denied by an insurance company, or even by one personal injury law firm after another. When accident victims suffer significant injuries during a collision with a drunk driver, it is extremely confusing and frustrating to understand why any law firm would hesitate to take their case. While the negligence of the other driver may be clear and the victim's injuries significant, the problem might lie not in obtaining a judgment but in enforcing the judgment.

The experienced and knowledgable Georgia auto accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates are available to provide a free consultation to discuss your case. We will review your situation and help you understand all of the legal rights afforded to you under Georgia law. We represent accident victims throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

For over 30 years, the experienced Personal Injury Lawyers from Montlick & Associates have been helping families in Georgia and throughout the Southeast.  Montlick & Associates concentrates its practice on personal injury law, providing caring and high quality legal representation. In addition to its goal of being the best personal injury law firm in Georgia, Montlick & Associates is also dedicated to giving back to the community through the firm's extensive public service programs, which have received extensive public recognition.  The firm was recently honored by the Georgia House of Representatives for its 30 years of service with the passing of House Resolution 394 recognizing Montlick & Associates for "the outstanding accomplishments of this distinguished firm," and "for providing efficient, effective and dedicated services to the citizens of Georgia."

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Category: Auto Accidents

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