Holding Impaired Drivers in North Georgia Accountable
Drunk drivers are extremely dangerous. When a person is under the influence of alcohol, that individual’s physical and cognitive abilities become highly impaired. These impairments prevent the driver from being able safely operate a motor vehicle, which means that person’s chances of getting into an auto accident are increased. Sadly, there are many individuals who choose to drink and drive, even though this means they are putting others’ lives in danger.
If you were injured in an auto accident that was caused by a drunk driver, hold that person accountable for his or her actions with the help of a qualified legal professional. By reaching out to Leibel Law, you can receive guidance from a competent North Georgia personal injury attorney. We can help you file a personal injury claim for compensation.
Drunk Driving in the State of Georgia
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 277 fatalities in Georgia in 2011 from traffic accidents that involved drivers who had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of 0.08% or more. (This BAC level is the point at which a driver is legally considered impaired, or a drunk driver.) These accidents made up 23% percent of all traffic-related fatalities in the state for that year.
Furthermore, there were an additional 46 fatalities in Georgia in 2011 from accidents that involved drivers with BACs of less than 0.08%. This means they had alcohol in their systems, but not enough to automatically be considered a drunk driver. In addition to all of these fatalities, there are even more individuals who are injured in nonfatal drunk driving accidents each year.
Drunk driving accidents can lead to many different types of injuries, such as whiplash, broken bones, brain injuries, spinal injuries and more. Regardless of the type of injury you suffered, you should not be forced to pay for medical costs, lost wages from time spent out of work and other expenses incurred by an accident that you did not cause.
Contact a North Georgia Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
One of the first things you should do after your drunk driving accident is to contact a skilled lawyer. Our legal team can help you assess the extent of your injuries and damages so you know the right amount of compensation to pursue. We can help you go after compensatory damages (such as reimbursement for medical bills), as well as punitive damages (financial compensation meant to punish the negligent individual or entity). Our law firm holds Georgia’s record verdict for punitive damages.
Don’t let someone else’s reckless decision to drink and drive hold power over your life. Contact a North Georgia drunk driving accident lawyer from our firm to get started the financial recovery process!