Spring Break Means More Drunk Drivers


April 05, 2011

Spring break is a time when many college students from the University of Georgia and universities around the country depart for a week of drinking and celebrating. Given that alcohol and partying is a significant part of most spring break celebrations, this is a very dangerous time for Georgia motorists. Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of serious car accidents and traffic-related fatalities. It is estimated that over three million college students operate motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol each year. Data shows that alcohol use by college students results in almost six hundred thousand injuries and almost two thousand deaths of college students per year. This does not include other drivers, passengers and pedestrians that are seriously injured or killed in accidents involving college students who are under the influence of alcohol.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, you may have a right to recover money damages including compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement and other appropriate damages. Montlick and Associates is committed to representing those injured or killed by drunk drivers in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. We have been representing the victims of drunk drivers throughout Georgia for over a quarter of a century.

Those who drive under the influence of alcohol pose a serious danger to others on the road. College students who are impaired will typically have delayed reaction time, poor coordination and impaired judgment and/or concentration. Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs also tend to engage in other high-risk behavior including aggressive driving, speeding and reckless driving. Drunk drivers who engage in these practices place all other motorists, pedestrians and passengers as risk. One study found that forty percent of college students admit to being a passenger in a car with a drunk driver.

If you are a college student, you can protect yourself and others by declining to ride with a drunk driver during spring break. A passenger in a vehicle with a drunk driver may encourage a driver to drive while under the influence of alcohol. A passenger that speaks up and discourages a drunk driver rather than accepting a ride can protect oneself and others on the road. While it is not a criminal act in Georgia to ride with a drunk driver, a judge in Japan recently convicted passengers for accepting a ride with a drunk driver. The court reasoned that by accepting the ride with the drunk driver the passengers implicitly encouraged the intoxicated driver to commit DUI.

Although the legal system in the U.S. does not provide for criminal liability for passengers who ride with drunk drivers, you can save your life and the lives of others by discouraging a friend from driving drunk. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has over 27 years of experience helping thouands of people get the compensation they deserve. If you are injured in a serious auto accident with a drunk driver, we can work hard to protect your rights, too. The Atlanta Auto Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to assist 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. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

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