Every year in Georgia, thousands of people are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI), and thousands of people are injured and hundreds die in accidents involving drinking and driving. Unfortunately, many DUI offenders try to avoid taking responsibility for their actions by hiring defense attorneys familiar with the system. The criminal consequences for DUI in Georgia are quite severe, and the civil penalty of being found liable for the losses incurred by the victim(s) of drunk driving can bankrupt the defendant. As a result, some defendants will try to place the blame for the accident on someone or something else.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury in a DUI wreck, and was not the intoxicated driver, you have the right to hold the responsible parties accountable. At the law firm of Deitch & Rogers, we have successfully handled the claims of many people suffering the consequences of drunk driver, and we understand the trauma that DUI victims are experiencing. Contact us today by calling (770) 394-9000 to speak confidentially with one of our attorneys about your case.
DUI Laws & Liability
The laws pertaining to DUI (also sometimes known as DWI, or driving while intoxicated) are complex. Most people are familiar with the concept of the “blood alcohol content” or BAC, which can be used to determine whether someone has had enough alcohol to impair his or her driving skills. However, many people who drive drunk or impaired by drugs refuse to have their blood alcohol tested when a law enforcement officer stops them, or their BAC is not measured until long after the traffic accident. The BAC data can also be challenged by a skillful defense attorney.
In some DUI cases, an additional factor is the potential liability of an establishment such as a bar, restaurant, or sports stadium that serves liquor. This “dram shop” area of the law pertains to circumstances where such an establishment may have knowingly served an individual too much liquor, after which the individual caused harm to others while driving under the influence. Sometimes, the liquor-serving establishment is found liable for the victim’s losses and must pay a portion of the verdict (or pre-trial settlement) to the victim.
Victims of drunk or drugged drivers may have to deal with extensive property damage, huge medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost income, and perhaps the wrongful death of a loved one. DUI victims are often angry, confused, and anxious about the future. The shock of having their lives suddenly thrown into turmoil is a heavy burden to bear, and the unfairness of what has happened to them is difficult to deal with.
Fortunately, victims of DUI accidents have legal rights and may be able to recover compensation for their losses and suffering. If you or someone you love has suffered the devastating effects of a DUI wreck, contact our attorneys to have a free and confidential case consultation. During your visit you will gain valuable insight to the laws of DUI accidents for victims and how those rights can be protected.
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