We Sue Drunk Drivers for Their Victims
Sadly every year lives are lost due to the negligent driving of people under the influence of drugs or alcohol. DUI is a major problem that results in thousands of wrongful deaths every year. In Georgia, DUI is one of the leading causes of car accidents.
There were 489 DUI related fatalities in Georgia for all of 2008. DUI Accidents contiue to plague Georgia and the victims deserve to by represented to the fullest extent allowed by law. In Georgia, 1st and 2nd offenses are misdemeanors, 3rd and subsequent offenses are high and aggravated misdemeanors . Citation:§40-6-391(c) & (k) (2) Sources for Georgia drunk driving information and statistics US Dept. of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 12/02 (2) National Conference of State Legislatures, 2004
Passengers of Drunk Drivers
If you’ve been injured in a DUI you can seek damages that include but are not limited to, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You can also seek punitive damages in your personal injury claim or wrongful death claim against a drunk driver. Punitive damages are damages above and beyond medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. These are additional damages that serve as a punishment for the negligent driver’s reckless behavior.
If you’ve been involved in a DUI accident, hiring an experienced personal injury attorney can make a difference in the outcome of your case. The experienced attorneys at The Angell Law Firm specialize in maximizing our client’s recovery and making sure that they obtain the compensation they deserve. If you try to proceed without an attorney you may be pressured into a quick settlement by the insurance adjuster. The goal of the insurance adjuster is to save the insurance company money at your expense. The attorneys at The Angell Law Firm will make sure that you are compensated for the full value of your case. While we realize that money cannot put your life back together or replace the loss of a loved one, it is often essential to rebuilding after a tragic accident. You will need money for future medical treatment and other expenses especially, if you are unable to return to your pre-injury employment. If a family member dies dues to the negligence and recklessness of another Georgia law allows recovery for wrongful death. Surviving family members such as a spouse, children and parents are allowed to recover for the loss of a loved one.
Litigating a personal injury or wrongful death claim can be difficult. Hiring a personal injury attorney that knows the law can make the process a lot easier. The attorneys at The Angell Law Firm know your rights and will help protect these rights. Another reason for hiring an attorney to help litigate your claim is that they can identify the insurance policies that affect your claim and help you navigate through the process of recovering these proceeds from the insurance company. Georgia law requires each driver to carry a minimum amount of insurance. However, often times drivers will purchase more insurance than required or in some cases drivers will not be insured at all. In the case of an uninsured motorist, you will need to look to your own insurance policy regarding uninsured motorist coverage. Unfortunately, your own policy may be your only means of defense against an uninsured motorist. An attorney will be able to advise you on whether you are able to sue the negligent driver for his or her negligence personally. If you are hurt as a result of a DUI accident your medical cost could be astronomical. The experienced attorneys at The Angell Law Firm will help you maximize your recovery to ensure that you get all the compensation to which you are entitled.