As many people may be aware, there are no shortages in news stories about people hurt or killed due to drunk drivers. Virtually all Georgia residents already know that drinking and driving can often cause a fatal accident when a person with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or more gets behind the wheel of any vehicle. A recent crash may demonstrate that point all too clearly.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, two males and two females were in a vehicle around 3 a.m. The vehicle’s occupants were riding in a Chevy SUV when it failed to stop at an intersection. In fact, the SUV slammed into the ditch on the other side of the intersection and continued approximately 90 feet. During a portion of this, almost 42 feet, the SUV was airborne. It flipped in midair several times before coming to rest.

Unfortunately, both men died as a result of the crash. The man who was a rear seat passenger was thrown clear at some point, while the man driving the vehicle was only partially ejected. Both perished in the crash. Both female passengers were later transported to an area hospital to be treated for their injuries. The exact nature, extent and current conditions of their injuries have not been disclosed.

While the Georgia State Patrol and local authorities continue their investigation into this fatal accident, a major factor has already been determined. Both deceased victims had blood samples tested as a matter of routine, and both men had blood alcohol contents (BAC) higher than .08 percent. The male passenger had nearly five times that level. Regardless of the fact that he was apparently intoxicated, the family of the deceased male passenger may file a wrongful death claim against the estate of the deceased driver, seeking damages such as funeral and burial costs. The injured women are entitled to file personal injury claims for damages as well, including any future medical needs as a result of this tragic accident.

Source: al.com, “Philip Lutzenkirchen and driver were legally drunk in deadly crash, according to toxicology report“, Brandon Marcello, Aug. 6, 2014