Determined DeKalb County DUI Accident Lawyers Advocate for Victims
Knowledgeable law firm represents people injured by drunk and drugged drivers in Stone Mountain, Georgia
Thousands of people are injured and killed each year in Georgia accidents caused by drunk and drugged drivers. If you were hurt in a DUI accident, a hardworking DeKalb County DUI accident attorney from Jason & Bradley, LLC will skillfully pursue compensation for your medical expenses and other damages. Our law firm assists DUI victims who have been injured in accidents in the Atlanta area and throughout the state. We can also help you if you tragically lost a family member because of the negligent actions of a person who drove while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
How driving under the influence causes accidents
A person can be charged with driving under the influence if their blood alcohol level (BAC) is over .08 percent or if there is any amount of marijuana or other illegal controlled substances in their system. When people are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, their judgement, perception, vision and reaction times can be severely hampered, which can lead to especially serious injury accidents for victims. Intoxicated drivers may drive on the wrong side of the road or veer into oncoming traffic and cause head-on collisions, sideswipes and rollovers. They may not notice other vehicles are stopped ahead of them until it is too late, or speed through red lights and stop signs and hit other vehicles, motorcycles, trucks, cyclists or pedestrians. If you have been the victim of a drunk driving accident, our attorneys will work to hold the responsible driver accountable through a personal injury claim. If you’ve lost a family member, we’ll counsel you about possibly filing a wrongful death claim depending upon your relationship to the decedent.
What to do after an accident
In 2020 alone, almost 400 people were arrested in DeKalb County for first and second DUI offenses. Directly following a motor vehicle accident involving a drunk driver, it’s important, that you get to safety immediately. Whether that means pulling over to the side of the road or removing yourself from your damaged vehicle and immediately calling 911 so that police and emergency services can get on the scene. In cases where there isn’t an immediate emergency, you should still report the accident and get the contact information of the other person involved in the accident, as well as any witnesses who may be able to corroborate what happened.
Do I have a claim if I was riding with a drunk driver?
If you were injured as a passenger in an accident involving a drunk driver, you can file a claim through your driver’s insurance if they were at fault. If the other driver was the one who caused the accident, then you would file the claim with their insurance company. In some instances, both your driver and the other vehicle operator involved in the accident may be at fault, in which case you would pursue compensation from both parties.
Obtaining compensation after a DUI accident in Georgia
Compensation in DUI injury accidents in Georgia is based upon the damages you have experienced. Types of damages that may be sought in these types of cases include payment for:
- Medical bills including doctor visits, emergency room treatment, hospitalization, rehabilitation, prescription drugs, medical equipment and devices, nursing care and more
- Lost wages and lost future earning capacity if you can no longer work or your work is limited
- Pain and suffering for emotional distress and physical and mental trauma
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Punitive damages for egregious negligence, which may be awarded in DUI accident cases
If you have been injured or lost a family member, we will advise you about filing a legal claim to receive compensation. In general, there is a two-year statute of limitations for filing injury and wrongful death claims in Georgia, so you should not wait to speak with an attorney if you are considering a lawsuit.
Contact our experienced Georgia DUI accident lawyers for a free initial consultation
The attorneys at Jason & Bradley, LLC in Stone Mountain pursue compensation for people in the Atlanta area and throughout Georgia who have been injured in accidents caused by drivers who were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. To schedule a free consultation, call our firm at 404-297-9933 or contact us online.