Attorneys Representing DUI Accident Victims
The statistics regarding accidents caused by driving under the influence are both staggering and incredibly sad. The United States has a DUI arrest rate of one in every 139 drivers. Approximately 300,000 people are seriously injured annually in alcohol related accidents. Three in ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related accident at some point in their lives. The facts and numbers go on and on. The path of pain and destruction caused by drunk drivers seems endless, especially if there is a death involved.
CHARACTERISTICS OF AN INTOXICATED DRIVER
The following are effects that alcohol, drugs, and other narcotics have on a person’s ability to drive, all of which are more likely to cause a serious car accident with injuries:
- Inability to follow directions and obey road rules
- Impaired vision, including blurred objects
- Reduced reaction times
- Difficulty multi-tasking (e.g. maintaining lane position and speed)
- Over confidence
- Inability to concentrate
BRINGING A LAWSUIT AGAINST A DUI DRIVER
When a drunk driver causes a serious or fatal accident, the driver will be criminally charged by the state. A successful criminal action against a driver, however, does not guarantee a full financial recovery for the losses suffered by the victim. The victim will need to file a personal injury action against the drunk driver. They can seek both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are the direct costs of being in the accident. They include things such as lost wages, property damage and past and future medical expenses. Non-economic damages compensate the victim for their emotional injury. They cover money damages for pain and suffering, depression and anxiety.
A wrongful death action can also be brought against the intoxicated driver if there is a resulting fatality. The surviving dependents of the victim, killed as a result of the drunk driver’s negligence, are entitled to compensation. Punitive damages, which seek to punish the drunk driver, can also be recovered if it can be proven that the drunk driver knowingly put others at risk.
DUI ACCIDENT LAWYERS
Often times, DUI motorists are covered by insurance for the damages and injuries they cause. However, insurance companies want to minimize their financial obligations even in DUI accident claims. It’s common for them to offer victims settlements far below what they are entitled, and ask them to accept their offer very quickly. Without experienced legal counsel, victims may never recover what they need for the injuries and financial losses caused by the drunk driving accidents.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a drunk driver, do not become a victim for the second time. Contact the experienced car accident attorneys at Randy Scott Slater, P.C. today at (404) 888-0500. Your initial consultation is free, and we handle all auto accidents on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing unless we resolve your case by settlement or verdict. Our firm represents clients in Atlanta, Marietta, Jonesboro, Douglasville, and across the state of Georgia.