If a drunk driver caused your traffic accident in East Point, you may be able to hold them accountable for their illegal and negligent behavior. A drunk driving accident lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help if there is evidence to support your claim. Let us seek compensation on your behalf if you qualify.
You can learn more about your case and your options following an accident by calling Bader Scott Injury Lawyers. We have members of our staff available to speak with you about your accident today.
Let Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Pursue a Payout in Your Case
When we agree to work together, we will immediately begin gathering evidence to prove your case. While a conviction in criminal court certainly cannot hurt, it is not necessary to win your case and hold the drunk driver responsible. Securing compensation may even be possible if they are found not guilty or never faced charges.
We do not have to prove they were drunk to show they acted negligently and are responsible for your losses. Instead, we will build a case to show that their actions led to your accident, injuries, and losses. This task requires evidence such as the following:
- The accident report and other evidence from law enforcement
- Eyewitness statements
- Any photos or videos of the accident
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
- Your medical records and related information
- Receipts and bills to document your losses
- Medical expert witnesses
- Other experts who can support your case
We can review the details of your accident and injuries today. If we believe we can help you secure a payout based on the facts you share with us, we will work to build a strong case for your accident-related damages.
Other Tasks Our Lawyers Can Execute for You
Building your evidence file is the backbone of your case, but there are other responsibilities we must do to prove your case. Some of which are:
- Prove the liable party or parties
- Handle all communication with the other party’s insurance company and legal team
- Negotiate a settlement that covers all your damages
- Adhere to state deadlines
When you hire a lawyer with our firm, you can expect to be updated regularly and alerted as soon as possible should there be any changes in your case. If you have any questions regarding your individual case or the legal process as a whole, we want you to ask so you are not left in the dark.
For a free legal consultation with a drunk driving accidents lawyer serving East Point, call (404) 888-8888
We Can Work for You on a Contingency Fee
If our team at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers believes we can help with your drunk driving accident case, we will offer to represent you based on contingency. We do not expect you to pay us anything up front or out of pocket. The fees we receive for handling your case come only from the settlement or court award we secure for you.
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Recoverable Damages in an East Point Drunk Driving Collision Case
When we take on a drunk driving accident case in Fulton County, Bader Scott Injury Lawyers seeks compensation for the damages our client suffered as a result of their accident and injuries. The recoverable damages may include both economic and non-economic damages, such as the following:
- Treatment and medical-related expenses, including surgeries, lab work and other diagnostic tests, hospital stay, pain medication, and any follow-up appointments
- Lost income and benefits, when you had to miss work to heal or go to the doctor
- Reduced earning ability, if you cannot go back to your previous job
- Property damages, if your vehicle was damaged or destroyed in the accident
- Pain and suffering damages, for the physical pain you have to endure
- Mental anguish, if the accident affects your mental health
- Scarring and disfigurement, if your injuries changed your appearance or mobility
Per O.C.G.A § 51-4-2, some immediate family members can pursue compensation following a fatal drunk driving accident in Fulton County. If your spouse, parent, or child passed away in an accident caused by a drunk driver, please accept our condolences. We might be able to help you recover wrongful death damages for their funeral and burial costs, medical bills, and your loss of companionship.
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Statute of Limitations on Georgia Traffic Accident Lawsuits
Georgia gives accident victims up to two years to file a civil lawsuit following a car accident under O.C.G.A §9-3-33.
If you miss this deadline, you could lose the right to go to court. Filing a lawsuit may be necessary if we cannot reach an out-of-court settlement for fair compensation.
Alcohol Impairs Driving Abilities
Despite widespread awareness about the dangers of driving while intoxicated, drunk driving accidents still injure thousands of drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bikers every year. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) considers the following as examples of how alcohol can negatively impact a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle:
- Reduced muscle coordination
- Slowed reaction time
- Impaired thinking, decision-making, and reasoning skills
- Blurry vision
Any one of these effects could lead to an accident, but they often all impact the driver at the same time.
What the Drunk Driver Could Face if Convicted
When law enforcement encounters a driver who is intoxicated behind the wheel, they will likely issue DUI charges. According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, a conviction for a first-time offender could call for the following:
- Up to one year in jail
- A fine of $300 to $1,000
- A driver license suspension
- At least 40 hours of community service
Many drunk drivers are also habitual offenders, meaning they have previous convictions. In Georgia, they consider offenses in the previous five years. For a second conviction within five years, drivers could face:
- At least 48 hours in jail
- 90 days to one year of incarceration
- Fines, driver license suspension, and community service
It is important to note that these consequences refer to the criminal case against the drunk driver. The case that a drunk driving accident lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you navigate is a civil case, which allows you to pursue compensation. Though most cases settle out of court, if we need to take your case to trial, it will likely proceed in a Fulton County civil court.
Discuss Your Case with One of Our Team Members Today in a Free Case Review
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers offers complimentary consultations for the victims of East Point drunk driving accidents. You can speak with a member of our team to learn more about how one of our lawyers can assist you.
Call (404) 888-8888 today for your free case review.