Intoxicated drivers make our roads very dangerous. If someone has been drinking, their reaction time behind the wheel is severely impaired, and their ability to focus on the road is hindered. Drunk drivers violate Georgia’s DUI laws and can be criminally prosecuted. However, you may be wondering about your options if you are ever involved in an accident with a drunk driver. People often ask us, “I was hit by a drunk driver, can I sue?”, or “a drunk driver totaled my car, what can I do?” State law authorizes the victims of drunk drivers to seek financial damages for their injuries. By working with a skilled drunk driving accident attorney in your area, you can recover the compensation you deserve by demonstrating that the intoxicated driver’s carelessness causes your losses.
Do not hesitate to call an Atlanta drunk driving accident attorney with an extensive background working with the victims of drunk drivers. Call the legal team at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC today at (404) 419-6674 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-risk consultation.
Drunk Driving Is All Too Common And Can Cause Serious Devastation
Although the government has made great efforts to reduce drunk driving over the course of the past few decades, intoxicated drivers are still a huge threat. There are over 300 deaths every year on Georgia roads that are caused by these drivers, and thousands more are injured. If you have been hurt, your injuries can require months or years of recovery. Drunk drivers fall into all age groups, and their victims are usually caught totally off guard. There is a slightly higher risk of being hit by a drunk driver in the evening and on holidays or weekends. However, we have seen many clients hit by a drunk driver in the morning and middle of the day.
Drunk drivers cause horrific wrecks every day, and damages sustained by the victims can include:
- Head and brain injuries
- Nerve damage and paralysis
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments and damaged joints
- Organ damage
- Property damage
Potential Damages After A Drunk Driving Accident
Drunk driving accidents often cause considerable damage. Therefore these cases usually involve law enforcement along with many insurance companies and their lawyers. It’s important to have an accident lawyer who is experienced in handling complex and hard-fought cases. Simply because the driver is being legally prosecuted does not mean that their insurance provider will hand over the money that you deserve. Criminal charges against the drunk driver can be helpful in proving that you also deserve compensation, but the insurance company will still try everything it can do to minimize your recovery.
A skilled drunk driving accident lawyer will approach your case like any other personal injury case. That means that we must prove that the other person acted negligently and that their negligence directly caused the harm you suffered.
Our drunk driving accident lawyers can help recover financial compensation to help you with:
- Medical bills
- Future expected medical and therapy needs
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning potential
- Modifications to your home or vehicle that are needed due to your injury
- Funeral expenses if a loved one was killed
- Wrongful death compensation
- Property damages you suffered
Drunk driving accident victims often wonder if they can recover compensation if they were hurt after voluntarily getting into the car with someone they knew or suspected to be intoxicated. Yes, you can recover in this situation. What if you provided alcohol to the driver? Georgia’s comparative negligence law can reduce your compensation by the proportion of responsibility that you hold for the accident. However, simply giving alcohol to an adult does not mean that you are in any way responsible for their actions or decision to drink and drive. Drunk driving cases have many complexities, and you must contact a skilled accident lawyer as soon as possible if you are to protect your rights to compensation.
The Statute Of Limitations Requires You To Act Quickly
Georgia’s statute of limitations law requires that lawsuits be filed within a certain period or else risk being thrown out of court. These time windows vary by the type of claim, and several time frames that you should know if you have been harmed by a drunk driver are:
This is how long you have after an accident to file a lawsuit for personal injuries. Additionally, you also have two years to file a wrongful death claim if a loved one was killed, but this two years begins on the date of death and not necessarily when the accident happened.
You have four years to file a claim for damage to your property after an incident with a careless drunk driver.
Do not think of this statute of limitations as the amount of time that you have to think things over before calling your lawyer. Rather, we consider these to be the time limitations that a lawyer has to research before filing. When we are working for you after an accident, we will gather and study evidence that includes police reports, medical records, and crash reconstruction data. If there is also a criminal proceeding going on, we will be sure to work closely with the police and prosecutors to help them which will also strengthen our case. However, doing all of these things and negotiating for a financial settlement offer will take time, and we strongly encourage you to call an Atlanta injury lawyer without delay.
What To Do After Being Hit By A Drunk Driver
Any auto accident can be dangerous, but drunk driving accidents pose especially severe risks. Many of these wrecks are at night, and the scene of your crash will be very dangerous due to debris and other moving vehicles in the area. Furthermore, there have been many cases where a belligerent drunk driver has made the area even more dangerous by their actions immediately after the crash, and these people have been known to purposefully attack others when confronted.
The steps to take after being hit by a drunk driver are:
- Move yourself and your loved ones to safety if possible; watch out for passing cars and sharp debris
- Call for emergency help after relocating to a safe spot
- Do not make unnecessary contact with someone who may be intoxicated
- Be cooperative with first responders and give the police your testimony of what happened
- Call your accident lawyer as soon as possible
- Write down a timeline of events as you remember them, and include witness information
- Follow up with your doctor, and ask how your injuries may affect you going forward in the future
Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC Can Help You
Being hurt by a drunk driver can turn your life upside down. You may have very serious injuries, and they can affect you for years or even life. Recovering the compensation that you need requires a skilled accident attorney. Your legal counsel must know how to investigate these complex cases, and negotiate with aggressive insurance companies that are determined to pay out as little as possible. Given the many technical aspects of these cases, and the possibility of a parallel criminal proceeding, it’s important to call Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC as soon as possible. Georgia’s statute of limitations only gives you two years to file a lawsuit for personal injury, and there is a lot for your attorney to do to secure the compensation that you deserve.
To speak with an experienced Atlanta drunk driving accident attorney, contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC today. You can call us directly at (404) 419-6674 or contact us online for a free consultation.