If a drunk driver caused your injury accident, you may be able to hold them accountable for their illegal and negligent behavior. An East Point 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 East Point drunk driving injury accident by calling Bader Scott Injury Lawyers at (404) 888-8888. We have members of our staff available to speak with you about your accident today.
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 could lead to an accident, but they often all affect the driver at the same time. 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 an East Point 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.
For a free legal consultation with a drunk driving accidents lawyer serving East Point, call (404) 888-8888
Let Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Pursue a Payout in Your Case
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 upfront. The fees we receive for handling your case come only from the settlement or court award we secure for you.
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. This 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 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. You can reach a Bader Scott Injury Lawyers team member now by calling (404) 888-8888.
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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
- Lost income and benefits
- Reduced earning ability
- Loss of services
- Property damages
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
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.
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.
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Discuss Your Accident with an East Point Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers offers complimentary consultations for the victims of drunk driving accidents. You can speak with a member of our team to learn more about your options for free. Call (404) 888-8888 today for your free case review.