Prompt notification will allow us to more effectively investigate the accident scene, speak with witnesses while the accident is still fresh in their memory, and review your medical prognosis to pursue an accurate claim for damages.
In Georgia, drivers are considered to be driving while intoxicated (DUI) if they have a BAC of 0.08% or higher. The threshold is even lower for certain populations. Specifically, the limit is 0.02% for drivers under the age of 21 and 0.04% for drivers of commercial vehicles. DUI is a crime and can be punished through fines, jail time, and license revocation. Additionally, those hurt by drunk drivers can file civil claims seeking compensation for damages such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Car repairs
- Emotional distress
- Loss of opportunity to enjoy life
- Wrongful death
- Medical bills
- Loss of current and future income.
Evidence that the defendant was under the influence of alcohol at the time he caused an automobile collision is admissible as tending to show “willful misconduct, wantonness, and that entire want of care which raises the presumption of conscious indifference to the consequences.” This subjects the driver to be sued for punitive damages.
Furthermore, a claim may be pursued against the drinking establishment that provided the alcohol to the driver. You may recover damages against a provider of alcohol if we prove that the provider knowingly sells alcohol to a person that is noticeably intoxicated and knowing that person is driving.
Hiring an attorney quickly after the accident can be pivotal to preserving the evidence needed for you case. If you have been the victim of a DUI accident, I can help you fight for the compensation you need to aid in recovery. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 706-356-0518 or contact my office online.
I take these cases on a contingent-fee basis. I only collect attorney’s fees after successfully completing your case.