Birmingham, AL- For most of the U.S., safety campaigns and the efforts of police have helped reduce fatal DUI accidents. But in Alabama, DUI deaths aren’t decreasing, they are going up.

In a recent survey, Mothers against Drunk Driving found that nationwide DUI deaths have dropped by 2.5 percent. But in Alabama fatal DUI crashes are not dropping, they are up, rising 8.6 percent according the advocacy group.

That news comes just days after a 19-year-old man was accused of causing a fatal accident and then leaving the scene. Alabama.com reports that young man was intoxicated when he ran a red-light and T-boned car in Huntsville. He struck the vehicle on the driver’s side and then fled from the scene of the accident.

The driver of the car that was struck, a 19-year-old female, was killed. AL.com reports that another car was also struck, causing serious injury to the driver.

Two bystanders jumped out of their vehicle and detained the man until police arrived.

Now that young man is facing up to 30 years in jail.

The young man’s family told reporters that he had no memory of the accident and want to know where he got the alcohol in the first place.

This accident is just one of the many tragedies that unfold every day in the U.S. That is why the penalties for a causing a drunken driving accident are so severe. Any Alabama residents facing DUI charges related to a serious or fatal accident, need to retain an Alabama DUI attorney immediately. There is a lot a stake if a DUI arrest arises out of a deadly or injurious accident and a conviction can change the course of a person’s life.

Even when a DUI arrest doesn’t involve a collision, a person is facing challenging consequences. A DUI conviction in Alabama can result in up to one year in jail and a suspension of their driver’s license for 90 days or more. Alabama DUI laws also gave judges in the state the authority to order first-time DUI offenders to install interlock devices in their cars at their own expense. Over time a DUI will cost a person several thousand dollars.

Whether you are a first offender or a repeat offender, you need to speak with an Alabama DUI attorney. USAttorneys can help you reach one near your location so you can get the advice you need. Our team of attorneys strive to give each client the representation they need or deserve so they don’t pay for their mistake for years to come. After listening to the facts in your case, your DUI attorney will if you should negotiate for a plea bargain or take your case to court. They are prepared to fight for you so that you can avoid conviction or minimize the penalties you face. Call an attorney today and see how they can help you with your case.