Alcohol-related Traffic Accidents in Georgia Result in Serious Injuries

Traffic accidents due to alcohol are dangerous and can result in major injuries for all parties. Governor Nathan Deal even took to media to remind Georgia drivers not to drive under the influence of alcohol. During the Super Bowl in January, Governor Deal’s commercial was run as a promotion for responsible drinking. The commercial notes that one in three traffic fatalities in Georgia accidents can be connected with alcohol.

In 2010 alone, almost 300 of the 1,244 fatal Georgia traffic accidents were attributed to alcohol. According to PolitiFact Georgia, 32% of traffic fatalities in the United States are alcohol related.

These numbers are just the statistics of fatalities from traffic accidents like car, truck and motorcycle crashes. There are even higher numbers of serious injuries from these accidents. Victims of alcohol related accidents suffer injuries that can be long term. Long-term injuries that involve health care, rehabilitation and time away from work can be very costly.

If you have been injured in a Georgia traffic accident due to a driver being under the influence, you should contact a personal injury attorney. An accident attorney may help you receive a fair settlement from the insurance companies that cover your accident costs, including your injury costs. You can contact Atlanta accident law firm Kalka & Baer by simply calling (404) 907-1594 or (404) 835-8072. Or, if you prefer, you can complete our online contact form detailing your traffic accident.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines an alcohol-related motor vehicle crash if at least one driver or non-occupant (such as a pedestrian or cyclist) involved in the crash is determined to have had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01 gram per deciliter or higher. If the driver involved in a motor vehicle crash is determined to have a BAC of .08 or higher, the accident is considered to be caused by an alcohol-impaired driver. Either way the accident is defined, any fatality that occurs in a traffic crash involving a driver under the influence of alcohol is considered an alcohol-related fatality.

The amount of alcohol it takes to make an adult alcohol impaired depends on ceratin factors: how fast alcohol is consumed, the adult’s weight, the adult’s gender and the amount of food in the adult’s stomach. There are many variables at play, and the consequences of driving drunk can cause injury to you and others. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) lists the physical effects of a driver with a .08 BAC.

Typical effects

  • Muscle coordination becomes poor (e.g., balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing)
  • Harder to detect danger
  • Judgment, self-control, reasoning, and memory are impaired

Predictable effects on driving
  • Concentration
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Speed control
  • Reduced information processing capability (e.g., signal detection, visual search)
  • Impaired perception

Be careful on the road- watch out for drivers under the influence of alcohol. If you do encounter a drunk driver, follow these steps…


  1. stay as far away from the other vehicle as possible
  2. do not try to pass the vehicle or signal the driver to pull over
  3. take notice of the license plate number of the driver along with details of the vehicle including make, model and color…without compromising your own safety
  4. pull over and call 911 with your description of the vehicle and its location
Categories: Auto Accidents