On Monday night, Phil Youngclaus from the Gwinnett Gladiators was hospitalized due to an accident in which he lost control of his truck. The truck had overturned, rolled across the highway several times, ejected Youngclaus, and hit a mailbox and fence.
The hockey player also was cited for driving under the influence (DUI), possession of an open container in a vehicle, failure to maintain lane and not wearing his seatbelt. The arrest reportedly occurred after Youngclaus refused to comply with a blood alcohol test. According to Georgia’s Implied Consent Law, law enforcement officers are allowed to ask for breath, blood or urine samples to determine whether a driver is intoxicated. Refusal to submit to such tests can lead to fines, arrests, or suspensions of driving privileges.
It’s really a shame when a sports figure, ostensibly a local hero and a role model for youth, decides to drive drunk. And make no mistake. Getting behind the wheel while intoxicated is always a decision–one with definite, often deadly consequences. In this case, Youngclaus sustained head injuries and apparently broke his back in several places. Back injuries from a DUI car accident can result in catastrophic spinal injury, paraplegia, quadriplegia or even death. So really, he got off easy.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured or killed by someone who was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you’re not alone. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), three out of ten Americans will be involved in a DUI automobile accident at some point in their lives.
But just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s excusable. The law is on your side, and so are we. At the Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle, P.C., our legal team specializes in dealing with accidents caused by DUI and other traffic violations. Please contact us today for a free, confidential consultation at one of our convenient offices in Gwinnet County, Buckhead or the Perimeter. We will do everything we can to make sure you get the help and compensation you need.