Drunk driving is dangerous and negligent. If an intoxicated driver injured you or your loved one, they may have to pay for your medical treatment and other costs. A Macon-area drunk driving accident lawyer with our firm can help you seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Drunk Drivers May Have to Pay Your Bills
Accidents involving alcohol are responsible for more than $44 billion in costs every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Your losses after a drunk driving accident could have been devastating, and the drunk driver who caused your collision could have to pay for your accident-related expenses.
We can help you seek awards for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Rehabilitation and/or nursing services
- Medical devices and equipment
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Personal property damages
- Physical pain and suffering
- Past and future mental anguish
- Wrongful death compensation
How Much is Your Case Worth?
Every car accident case is different. The amount you could seek may depend on the extent of your injuries, how much time you have missed from work, whether you can return to work, and your salary at the time of your accident.
Our drunk driving accident lawyers will fight to get every cent possible for you. We can calculate your out-of-pocket expenses, estimate the costs of your future crash-related healthcare needs, and calculate an adequate sum for your pain and suffering.
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Will Seek the Best Outcome for You
Our firm represents clients across Georgia, including personal injury victims in Macon and the surrounding area. We know what it takes to get the money you need. Our attorneys have:
- Achieved multiple settlements and verdicts worth more than $1 million
- Earned the Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rating for distinguished ethics in legal practice
Our team can help you learn more about the potential value of your case.
For a free legal consultation with a drunk driving accidents lawyer serving Macon, call (404) 888-8888
Drunk Driving is Reckless and Dangerous
In Georgia, a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher is above the legal limit, according to OCGA §40-6-391. The law also prohibits operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, inhalants (like glue, aerosol, or toxic vapor), or marijuana.
Driving under the influence can result in delayed reaction times, impaired vision, poor decision making, and loss of coordination. These reductions in driving ability may lead to reckless driving.
Intoxicated drivers may have problems controlling their speed, staying in their lane, obeying traffic signs and lights, and following the rules of the road.
We Can Help You Prove a Drunk Driver Caused Your Accident
Our drunk driving accident lawyers can help you prove an intoxicated driver caused your collision. We can obtain accident and police reports, BAC and sobriety test results, surveillance footage, photos and videos of your accident and/or crash site, and medical records.
We can also help you prove you suffered damages using your medical bills, wage records, and vehicle repair costs.
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Let a Macon Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Handle Your Insurance Claim
Dealing with insurance companies can be a hassle, and you likely have bigger things to worry about, like your health. Having an attorney on your side from the beginning of the claims process helps to protect your best interests.
When you file a claim against a liable driver’s auto insurance policy, it is important to remember the insurance company does not work for you. They may:
- Try to get away with paying you as little as possible for their client’s mistake
- Try to get you to admit fault or accept a settlement that is less than you deserve
However, you don’t have to worry about handling these problems. We will:
- Communicate with the insurance company on your behalf
- Review your settlements and fight for an advantageous payment for you
We can also help you with claims you may need to file with your own insurance company. Drunk drivers may be more likely to flee the scene of an accident or drive without insurance.
If a liability claim against the drunk driver is not possible, we may be able to assist you with seeking compensation through your own insurer.
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Georgia’s Dram Shop Laws
Typically, the person who was intoxicated and caused damages is the person who will be liable for an accident. As such, those who sell or provide alcohol generally are not legally responsible for injuries inflicted by a drunk driver.
However, there are exceptions. According to OCGA §51-1-40, a person may be liable for an intoxicated individual’s actions if:
- They knowingly and illegally sold or offered alcohol to a person under the legal drinking age who they knew would be operating a motor vehicle.
- They sold or offered alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person who they knew would be driving a motor vehicle.
If a third party bears liability in your case, we can help you explore your options.
Time Limits for Taking Action
While our attorneys resolve many car accident cases outside of court, it is a good idea to begin the claims process right away in the event you need to take legal action.
For instance, if the insurance company denies or underpays your claim, we may recommend filing a lawsuit—and lawsuits are bound by the state’s statute of limitations. According to OCGA §9-3-33, you have two years from the time your injuries occurred to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation
We do not want to make pursuing awards a source of stress for our clients. Our goal is to help you get the money you need while minimizing the impact your case has on your life.
We work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning you pay us nothing unless we win a settlement or verdict for you. We want our services to relieve you of your legal burdens while not adding to your financial concerns.
Call our team at (404) 888-8888 today for your free case review and to get started.