One person died after a vehicle accident in Forsyth County. The single-vehicle collision happened during the early hours of Friday, January 14th. The driver involved is suspected of having been under the influence.
According to the Forsyth County Police Department, a deputy saw a vehicle failing to maintain a lane several times shortly after 2:15 a.m. on Buford Dam Road. The sheriff’s office said the deputy attempted to stop the suspected impaired driver, but he drove off at high speed. The driver kept driving erratically and crashed near Rockport Drive.
The emergency responders took the 49-year-old man to North Fulton Hospital, where he died. The investigation into the accident in Forsyth County is ongoing, and the Georgia State Patrol and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office are collaborating.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a crime and one of the leading contributors to road traffic accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every day, about 28 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that’s one person every 52 minutes. Drunk driving is common because alcohol impairs the senses, affecting the driver’s cognitive abilities.
Aside from the criminal charges a drunk driver faces, they will also face a civil lawsuit if they cause an accident that injures a person or causes significant property damage. If the court finds the drunk driver liable for the accident, they will pay economic and non-economic damages to the victim.
In addition, the court may order punitive damages if it finds that the driver displayed gross or wanton negligence. Filing a lawsuit and winning requires the expert guidance of a car accident lawyer.
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