A 75-year-old Georgia man is being charged in an accident that happened on Sept. 11 around 8 p.m. According to police, the man was driving a Buick LeSabre along Long Branch Road in northeast Georgia when he crossed the center line and crashed into a Volkswagen Jetta.
The Jetta was hit head-on, and its 19-year-old driver was later flown to Atlanta Medical Center for his injuries. The two passengers were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center while the Buick driver was taken to Gainesville for treatment. All of the individuals were described as having injuries that were not life-threatening. Of the four, only one, a 20-year-old passenger in the Jetta, was wearing a seat belt. Authorities say they plan to charge the Buick driver with seat belt violation, DUI, two counts of felony serious injury by vehicle, driving on the wrong side of the roadway and failure to maintain a lane.
An attorney may be helpful in the man’s defense if they decide to challenge the DUI charges. For example, an attorney may question the accuracy of a breath or blood test if the driver’s blood alcohol content registered below the legal limit. Furthermore, if procedures were not followed correctly in detaining the man, the offenses might be dismissed.
Accidents may happen for several reasons such as road or weather conditions and even vehicle defects. Those facing similar charges may wish to speak with an attorney to examine all possible factors. In other instances, negotiating a plea bargain with the prosecution may be the best defense route.
Source: AccessNorthGa.com, “Troopers expect DUI charge in Lumpkin County crash“, Derreck Booth, September 12, 2014