Drunk Driving Accidents
Serving Victims of Drunk Drivers in Macon, Hawkinsville, and Dublin, Georgia
Car accidents involving drunk drivers are characteristically more damaging and violent than other traffic collisions. Driving while impaired by any substance can be fatal for you or anyone else you encounter on the road. For DUI cases in Georgia, the legal experts at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law provide thorough and experienced representation for anyone victimized by a drunk driver.
Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol is one of the most irresponsible choices a person can make. It is not only extremely dangerous but also very taxing on the economy for several reasons. DUI cases and the resulting damage cost the country about $200 billion annually due to:
- Medical expenses
- Legal fees, fines, and court costs
- Emergency medical services
- Lost productivity from those involved
- Insurance administration
- Property damage
- Workplace losses
- Traffic congestion delays
The results of a drunk driving incident can be catastrophic. If you’ve been involved in a car accident with a drunk driver, you are more than likely entitled to remuneration for medical expenses and property damage, as well as punitive damages for your pain and suffering and the negligence of the offenders.
Alcohol has many negative effects on the human body, and safely driving a vehicle requires full command of all your cognitive and sensory faculties. Alcohol hinders driving in several ways, including:
- Slowed reaction times, making it more difficult to adjust to the conditions of the road and surrounding traffic patterns.
- Impaired or blurred vision, which reduces the ability to discern the speeds of other vehicles, nearby pedestrians, lane lines and traffic signs.
- Reduced ability to focus.
- Drowsiness or sleepiness, increasing the likelihood of a driver falling asleep or blacking out behind the wheel.
- Impaired judgment, which heightens the chances of a drunk driver making poor decisions such as speeding or disregarding traffic signs.
“Dram shop claims” are suits files against establishments that served alcohol to someone who injured another by driving impaired. Any restaurant, bar, or other place of business that sells or serves alcohol may be held accountable for serving an intoxicated person.
These laws exist as a deterrent to drunk driving; they encourage businesses to be mindful when they serve alcohol. Several programs and foundations have been established to help spread public awareness and stress the severity of impaired driving. The personal injury attorneys at Nelson & Smith know how damaging these cases can be and how grossly negligent drunk driving is to public welfare.
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If it can be proven that an establishment willfully and knowingly served or sold alcohol to the offender when he or she was already visibly intoxicated, you may be able to collect punitive damages since the defendant was actively breaking the law and endangering public. If someone has been killed by a drunk driver, his or her loved ones should be compensated as with any other wrongful death case.
DUI cases are unique because proving negligence is not much of a concern after it has been determined that the other driver was under the influence. Your Macon personal injury legal team will focus on assessing the damage you’ve suffered, the long term effects the accident will have, and the measure of responsibility that rests on the defendants. They may be responsible for your medical expenses, property damage, and other immediate costs, but DUI cases may entitle you to additional compensation.
If you’ve been involved in any kind of drunken driving accident and want thorough, competent, and compassionate legal assistance in Georgia, contact the legal experts of Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law to start reviewing your case. Our DUI injury attorneys work tirelessly to ensure our clients receive the maximum compensation possible in any DUI case.