Atlanta, Ga. - Three people died Sunday night after being thrown from a vehicle near Queensferry Drive near Six Flags Parkway.
According to authorities, a young man was behind the wheel of the vehicle with two other young passengers in the car. Investigators currently believes that alcohol or drugs may play a factor in this incident. From the scene, it appears that the vehicle left the roadway after traveling too quickly around a curve. The vehicle ultimately crashed into a tree and overturned. One of the three individuals died at the accident scene while the two others died after being transported to a local medical center.
DUI and Accidents
Many times accidents can involve alcohol intoxication or drug impairment whereas at other times, the accident involves a different traffic violation. Most of the time, however, officers are looking to see why the traffic violation was originally made and will believe that it is because the driver who is at fault is under the influence.
If a car accident occurs alongside a DUI arrest, then the accident can actually be used to support the DUI charge. The accident itself may in fact demonstrate that the accused driver was less safe to drive.
Penalties for DUI in Georgia are serious. However, when an accident is involved, the penalties are further exacerbated. This is especially true if there are injuries property damage.
There is also the risk of other charges if you get into an accident while accused of DUI. This can also heighten the penalties including a lengthier suspension of an accused driver's Georgia Driver's License.
Call our offices today if you or a loved one has been accused of driving under the influence within the Metro Atlanta Area. We can help you with your case and determine which legal defenses apply.