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Nearly 30 people die every day from drunk-driving accidents in the United States, according to 2017 data reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Accidents caused by drunk drivers are often more dangerous due to slowed reaction times and the inability of the intoxicated driver to take corrective action as quickly as a sober driver can. If a DUI accident has brought harm upon you or a loved one, contact The Simon Law Firm. Our firm has more than 30 years of experience recovering compensation for injured clients. Call (404) 259-7635 and schedule a free case evaluation with our Atlanta drunk driving accident attorneys.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a crime in Georgia and a driver can be charged with a criminal offense if their blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds the following legal limits:
A driver’s BAC can be determined by a breathalyzer, blood test, or a urine test.
Even when a driver’s BAC does not exceed the legal limit, it does not mean that they will escape liability for injuries or damage they caused. Any amount of impairment can serve as evidence that the driver was negligent in their actions.
In addition to the intoxicated driver, there are other parties who may be liable following an accident:
In some cases, businesses or its employees that sell and serve alcohol may be held liable when a third party is injured by a patron. If alcohol is served to an obviously intoxicated person instead of cutting them off, their actions may qualify as negligence if that patron then leaves and causes an accident.
When a guest leaves a party where alcohol has been served and is then involved in a drunk driving accident, the host of that party may be liable. The fact that the host provided alcohol to the clearly inebriated person will need to be proven.
An owner of a vehicle who negligently allows someone else to drive their vehicle while impaired can also be responsible for any damage caused by the driver.
In Georgia, victims of drunk driving accidents are permitted to seek the following damages:
Speak to an Atlanta DUI accident lawyer with years of experience, who can relieve you of your legal stress on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee agreement means that we will not take any out-of-pocket payments from you and will only get paid when we secure the compensation you and your family deserve. Receive a free case evaluation today by calling (404) 259-7635 or filling out our contact form online.