Atlanta Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Personal injury attorney serving victims in the Atlanta metro area and across Georgia.
When a person decides to operate their vehicle while drunk, they are making a conscious choice that endangers their life and the lives of others.
Drunk driving accidents can be life-threatening, causing serious injuries or death to innocent victims. There is no question that drunk driving offenders should be held legally accountable for their actions and the damages they cause.
If you have been hit by a drunk driver in Atlanta or anywhere in Georgia and suffered injuries as a result, our experienced drunk driving accident lawyers can assist you in recovering compensation for your harm, including punitive damages.
Drunk Driving Has Criminal and Civil Penalties
Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) are terms for alcohol-related driving behavior. Anyone who causes an accident while driving under the influence of alcohol or another substance is considered negligent and will likely face criminal charges.
In addition to criminal charges – which do not offer victims of drunk driving crashes any compensation – civil charges may also be pursued.
Civil charges will not have any criminal penalties, but can help to recover compensation for victims who have suffered major losses as a result of a drunk driver’s actions.
To be sure, a civil claim can yield compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, property damage, and even noneconomic losses like pain and suffering.
What You Have to Prove to Recover Compensation after a Drunk Driving Accident
In order to recover compensation after being hit by a drunk driver in Georgia, you will need to prove that the driver owed you a duty of care (implied), and that the driver breached this duty of care as a result of operating their vehicle while impaired.
You do not need to prove that the driver had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or above. You must only show that the driver was impaired, and, therefore was operating their vehicle negligently.
You must also prove that this negligence was the direct cause of your accident, and that you suffered damages as a direct result.
Our Experienced Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Will Advocate for You
As a metro Atlanta drunk driving accident lawyer, I am skilled in helping DUI injury victims and can assist you in:
- Gathering evidence against the other driver to prove impairment.
- Speaking with witnesses, collecting police reports, and hiring accident reconstruction experts.
- Valuating your damages to determine what your claim is worth.
- Filing your claim, representing you in dealing with the insurance adjuster, and filing a lawsuit, if necessary.
- Representing you in all negotiations.
- Answering any questions you have along the way.
At DeMedeiros Injury Law we understand how life-altering and upsetting a DUI accident can be for you and your family. We strongly believe that drunk drivers who cause serious harm or death to others need to be held responsible for their egregious actions, so we will aggressively pursue punitive damages on top of all other compensation as well.
If you or a loved one was hurt or killed by a drunk driver, schedule a free consultation with our law office to learn more about how to file your claim and recover the compensation to which you are entitled.
Contact us today for a free, no-strings-attached legal consultation.