Drunk driving remains a major problem in Atlanta and across Georgia. Of 1,192 people killed in motor vehicle accidents in Georgia in 2012, 25 percent had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent, the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Across the country, 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2012, accounting for nearly a third of the motor traffic fatalities in the United States.
Contact us today to discuss your case. You can speak to a lawyer from Millar & Mixon, LLC by calling our office or submitting our online form. In your first phone call, we can discuss without charge the facts of your case and all options available to you to recover money for your bills and trauma. If we accept your case, we will represent you on a contingency-fee basis. This means that you won’t pay any fees for our services unless we recover money for you
Seeking Compensation for DUI Accident Victims and Families
Georgia law allows people who are injured by drunk drivers or who lose family members in DUI accidents to seek compensation for their losses through personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
In addition to paying compensation for injuries suffered in an accident, the party or parties responsible for a Georgia drunk driving crash may be ordered to pay punitive damages as well. These damages are meant to punish and deter egregious misconduct. Unlike some other types of personal injury cases, there is no cap on damages in Georgia drunk driving accident cases.
The parties you may seek compensation from in a DUI accident lawsuit include:
- The drunk driver – Georgia and all other U.S. states make it a crime to drive with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above 0.08 percent. A driver in Georgia can also be charged with DUI if he or she has a lower BAC because the law includes impairment caused by drug use, or “drugged driving.”
- Bar, restaurant or store – Georgia law also says that bars, restaurants and stores that sell alcohol to a minor or to someone who was noticeably intoxicated, knowing that the person was soon going to drive a vehicle, can be held responsible for any harm the driver causes. This is called “dram shop liability.”
- Social host – Private individuals who serve alcohol to a drunk driver or allow a drinking driver to use their motor vehicle may also be made to pay damages to people hurt in an auto accident. This is referred to as “social host liability.”
Keep in mind that a driver who was drinking or using drugs (including controlled substances or prescription drugs) does not have to be convicted of DUI (driving under the influence) for the driver, dram shop or social host to be held liable in an accident lawsuit. However, proof that the driver was legally impaired certainly helps in making a claim.
After a drunk driving accident that has caused serious injury or death, it’s important to obtain all of the facts surrounding the crash. This includes learning about the driver’s actions prior to the wreck as well as determining who else may have contributed to the circumstances that led up to the DUI crash.
At Millar & Mixon, LLC, our lawyers will investigate your case, including combing through police reports and any prior drunk driving arrests of the at-fault driver. We also work with with forensic experts, accident reconstruction specialists and medical experts to build a strong case. We will explore all options in seeking compensation for the harm you have suffered.
An Atlanta DUI Victims Lawyer Is Ready to Help You Today
If you or a family member has been hurt in a drunk driving or drugged driving accident in Atlanta or elsewhere in Georgia, contact Millar & Mixon, LLC today for a free initial consultation about your case. A central focus of our law firm is claims and lawsuits against impaired drivers and insurance companies.
You may be eligible to obtain money to assist you with your medical bills, vehicle damage and lost wages. You may also be able to secure compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as for punitive damages.
Our lawyers have extensive experience bringing claims in Atlanta and throughout Georgia against drunk drivers who have caused accidents and serious injuries. In a recent case, our firm sued a driver and the tavern that served him, and we secured more than $1.75 million for the victim’s family.
Get started with a free initial consultation today. Call our toll-free number or take a moment to complete our online form.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – Traffic Safety Fact Sheet: Alcohol-Impaired Driving
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