A Savannah drunk driving accident lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers may be able to secure compensation for you and hold the driver who caused your accident and injuries responsible. Drunk driving is illegal and can cause significant injuries and damages. The driver who chose to drink and drive should be accountable for those damages and losses you have suffered.
You can learn more about your case and determine if you qualify to take legal action against the driver who caused your accident by speaking with a member of the team from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers. Call (404) 888 – 8888 today to get started.
Drunk Driving Involves Both Civil and Criminal Accountability
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, drinking can affect driving ability in several ways and often all of them at once. These ways include:
- Reduces brain function
- Impairs thinking and decision-making
- Makes it more difficult to use reasoning skills
- Hinders muscle coordination
- May make vision blurry
Because drinking and driving is so dangerous, it is illegal in all 50 states. According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the criminal consequences of a drunk driving conviction could include:
- Up to a year of jail time
- A fine of between $300 to $1,000
- License suspension, possibly up to one year
- 40 or more hours of community service
These penalties are for a first offense. If you have a subsequent conviction within five years, you will face a minimum mandatory 48 hours in jail and as much as 90 days to one year behind bars. There is a minimum mandatory 15 days of jail time for a third offense.
While these consequences are serious, they do little to help accident victims pay medical bills or make ends meet until they can return to work. At this point the civil case comes in. A Savannah drunk driving accident lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers may be able to help you file a claim and reach a settlement that compensates you for your losses.
For a free legal consultation with a drunk driving accidents lawyer serving Savannah, call (404) 888-8888
Let Our Savannah Drunk Driving Accident Team Go To Work for You
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers may be able to help you hold the drunk driver liable in your case no matter what happens in the criminal case against them. While a criminal conviction or a history of drunk driving convictions can help us demonstrate negligence and liability and could affect your case in other ways, it is not necessary to recover the compensation you need to cover your expenses and losses after a Chatham County drunk driving case.
While drunk driving causes significant impairment, which often leads to traffic accidents, injury accidents, and even fatal accidents, we can sometimes recover compensation for our clients in these accidents without evidence to prove the driver was drinking. Drunk drivers make reckless mistakes behind the wheel that we can build our case around if necessary.
For example, if a driver crossed the centerline and hit you head-on, we can build a case against them for their traffic violation, proving negligence and liability and filing an insurance claim without proving they were drunk or otherwise impaired at the time of the accident.
At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, we may be able to show that the driver was drunk behind the wheel at the time of the accident and is liable or build another type of case for compensation. Call us today at (404) 888 – 8888 to learn more.
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Damages When You Hold a Savannah Drunk Driver Responsible
The goals of pursuing a case in civil court after a Savannah accident include:
- Holding the at-fault driver accountable for their actions
- Securing financial compensation to help you cover your expenses and make up for losses
In some cases, the team from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers may be able to reach a settlement in a Savannah drunk driving accident case without going to court. We can calculate what a fair payout might look like based on the losses you experienced and the expenses you will likely face in the future as a result of the accident. We will use this total to seek a fair settlement.
Some recoverable damages include:
- Medical treatment and care, as well as other expenses
- Lost income and benefits
- Limited earning capacity
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Additional expenses
- Pain and suffering losses
- Other non-economic losses
- Wrongful death damages
Statute of Limitations on Drunk Driving Civil Cases in Georgia
Per the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) § 9-3-33, Georgia law gives victims of drunk drivers up to two years to take the driver who caused their injuries and losses to civil court. If you suffered injuries and financial damages in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, and we cannot reach a just settlement agreement with their insurer, we may need to file a civil suit in the appropriate court.
If we miss the deadline in your civil case, you could lose the right to file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation. This error could make it difficult to impossible to recover the payout you deserve for the injuries and losses you sustained. Contact us about your case as soon as possible to avoid this.
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Speak With a Member of Our Drunk Driving Team in Savannah
A Savannah drunk driving accident lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers may be able to build a civil case to pursue compensation and hold the intoxicated driver who caused your injuries accountable. Let our team evaluate your case during a complimentary consultation. If we believe you have a valid civil case against the motorist who caused your accident, Bader Scott Injury Lawyers will pursue your damages at no out-of-pocket cost to you.
Call (404) 888 – 8888 today to get started.