How Dangerous are Drunk Drivers in Georgia?

With so much attention on Georgia’s new “hands-free” laws, it may be easy to forget about other dangerous roadway activities, such as driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI). At The Dixon Firm, we want Georgia drivers to be aware of all possible risks so they can take precautions. In this week’s article, “How Dangerous are Drunk Drivers in Georgia?” we will take a look at some of the most sobering statistics about DUI and related auto accidents on Georgia roadways.

Nationwide Drunk Driving Statistics

Drunk drivers are a problem on roadways all across the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) all regularly compile data about drunk driving, related accidents, injuries, and deaths. Some of this data includes:

In terms of drunk drivers themselves:

These nationwide statistics certainly paint a picture of a dangerous trend. Here in Georgia, the problem is tremendous and is a threat to anyone on Georgia roadways.

How Dangerous are Drunk Drivers in Georgia?

Auto accidents occur for many reasons, but drunk drivers are one of the leading causes of accidents resulting in injuries or fatalities. Georgia has an exceptionally high number of drunk drivers, and that number seems to be increasing. From 2006 until 2015, the number of drunk driving-related auto accidents and fatalities had declined. In 2015, however, the number rose dramatically and has been consistently high since.

Even with strict laws, enforcement initiatives, and punishment, thousands of people choose to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs. Statistics from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety indicate:

Unfortunately, there are thousands of drunk driving incidents that are never reported, so these figures may be significantly higher. Many drunk drivers never get pulled over or arrested because of luck, or their ability to maintain some level of control while driving.

Georgia’s Drunk Driving Laws

The introduction to the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles says it best – “Drinking while driving can land you with a drunk driving charge―and that’s the best case scenario. The worst case is injuring or killing your passengers, other drivers, or yourself”.

Georgia takes drunk driving very seriously and has strict laws in place. There are many misconceptions about drunk driving and what constitutes a DUI offense. Let’s set the record straight. In Georgia, DUI is defined as having a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of:

The penalties for a DUI conviction include:

Anyone with more than one DUI conviction will face increased penalties for subsequent offenses. Adults over age 21 who get a third DUI conviction will have the added penalties of:

Georgia’s drunk driving laws are designed to deter drivers from getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, many drivers do not comply with the laws or continue to disobey the laws after an arrest.

Get Help after a Drunk Driving Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident that was caused by a drunk driver, it is important that you get legal guidance right away. You or your loved one may be entitled to recover financial compensation from the person responsible for causing the accident. If so, you may be able to recover damages to cover medical expenses, lost wages, mental trauma, and property loss.

To find out more about your legal rights, and what options you may have, contact our Atlanta drunk driving attorneys today. Let us help you hold accountable those responsible for your injuries and get you the compensation you deserve. To schedule your free consultation, call us at 404-733-1166.

Our Client Reviews

The epitome of
“Just Trust the Process”.

The Dixon Firm was the best choice hands down. Attorney Ramos and his Associate, Priscilla were very professional and honest. Right from the beginning of contact we were put at ease and assured that our concerns would be addressed and resolved to satisfaction. Every bullet point regarding our case was discussed in detail and we felt comfortable with each update given. Priscilla was phenomenal. Her tone, her energy and her heartfelt empathy was much needed during this process. The way she explained EVERYTHING in layman’s terms when needed was helpful and assured us that we were in good care. Not once was there a question in our minds if we made a mistake in representation. 10/10 definitely recommend. Congratulations to an amazing team for being THE BEST LAW FIRM in ATLANTA,

Read More
J.A. - Google Review

I appreciate EVERYTHING this firm has done for me

Since…. Day 1… Mr. Daniel listened to me. He fought for me. And he NEVER gave up. I appreciate EVERYTHING this firm has done for me. Every time I called he answered. And if he was busy he called back asap. I stressed him out so much and after the BIG WIN, I still don’t feel bad. Lol I can’t say thank you enough !! The gift that keeps on keep giving !

Read More
C.M. - Google Review

This Firm has been an absolute PLEASURE!

This Firm has been an absolute PLEASURE!!! I’ve worked with Attorney Ramos TWICE! I’ve never met him until the second time around. He was professional and my compensation was more than I expected!!! Priscilla Walker was AMAZING!! I love her! She did everything in her power to make me happy! She worked really hard on my case! She answered EVERY phone call!! I never had to chase her down. I will send everyone I know! If you need the BEST INJURY ATTORNEY IN TOWN???!! Enrique Ramos and Priscilla Walker is the way to go!!!❤️

Read More
L.E. - Google Review

They are amazing and will work diligently on your behalf!

From start to finish, Daniel Adamson and the Dixon Firm were extremely professional and detail oriented. They were responsive to all of my questions and kept me informed through the entire process. I had been rear-ended by a drunk driver and I couldn’t be happier that I chose The Dixon Firm to handle my case. Suffice to say that I am over the moon with the results and they fought to make sure I received every penny I deserved! I fully and wholly recommend you use them if you are ever involved in a personal injury case. They are amazing and will work diligently on your behalf!

Read More
L.J. - Google Review

Very detailed with explanations and time lines

Mrs. Walker and Atty Adamson have been outstanding! Responsive! Very detailed with explanations and time lines. Great advise! I will definitely give them the first call. Prayerfully I won’t have to. But this is Georgia

Read More
K.S. - Google Review

I was more than pleased with the professional manner

I will recommend The Dixon Firm and attorney Rod Dixon to all of my family and friends. Rod is such a great lawyer! He is extremely efficient, timely, and knowledgeable. I was more than pleased with the professional manner and personal attention he gave to my case. Needless to say, I am happy with my results!

Read More
C.R. - Google Review

I was very satisfied with the service

If you have ever experienced injury from a car accident then you are aware of how it can change your life physically and financially. I was so relieved to have Troy Kiber represent me. He treated me like a friend and not just another case on his calendar. He explained the process to me clearly and allowed me to make decisions based on what was best for me not just what would quickly resolve the case. I truly appreciate him for his thoroughness. I was very satisfied with the service I received and pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

Read More
J.M. - Google Review

I highly recommend the Dixon Firm

I have to say I am very impressed with The Dixon Firm. My case was very different then most injury cases because it involved my son and an injury at school. Most lawyers I looked into hiring were too afraid to take on my case. But not the Dixon firm! I was given a chance to be heard and Rod and his amazing staff and lawyers took on my case. Daniel Adamson was my lawyer and he communicated with me through it all! I was a little concerned with the pandemic that I’d be waiting forever but this was not the case, Daniel stayed on my case and worked diligently and kept in contact with me every step of the way. I highly recommend the Dixon Firm and ask for Daniel, he will not disappoint! Thanks Daniel for everything you did for me and my son!

Read More
C.P. - Google Review

I would 1000% recommend The Dixon Firm

I would 1000% recommend The Dixon Firm, my experience with the firm was exceptional. Rod Dixon is an amazing person and cares about what he does. I will forever be grateful for meeting him.

Read More
J.S. - Google Review
Read All Testimonials