A man suspected of being under the influence died in a Forsyth County auto crash. The single-vehicle accident took place in the early hours of Friday, December 14th. Speed also appeared to have played a role in the occurrence.
The Forsyth County Police Department said that shortly after 2:15 .m., a deputy saw the man’s car going in between lanes on Buford Dam Road. The deputy tried to stop the man, but he drove off at high speed. The driver continued driving erratically until the vehicle crashed near Rockport Drive.
The sheriff’s office said the 49-year-old man sustained severe injuries and died at North Fulton Hospital, where medics conveyed him for treatment. The investigation into the Forsyth County auto crash remains active and is headed by the Georgia State Patrol and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
Impaired driving remains one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. According to the United States Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 10,142 people died in traffic accidents involving drunk drivers. These accidents happen because alcohol or drugs impairs the senses and reduce the reaction time of the impaired driver.
Under Georgia law, a drunk driving accident victim can file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent drunk driver. If the victim wins the action, the jury or court awards them compensatory damages. The latter covers their medical bills, lost wages, and lost earning capacity, if any, vehicle repair, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, mental anguish, etc.
If the drunk driver is a repeat offender with a suspended license, the court may award punitive damages against them. A victim’s chance of getting punitive damages is higher if an experienced attorney represents them.
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