The Legal Consequences of a Drunk Driving Accident
There are many criminal and civil legal sanctions and penalties for driving under the influence (DUI). In a civil case, punitive damages may be available to compensate victims who suffered injuries as a result of a drunk driver. A drunk driving accident lawyer like the team at Meeks Impact Law will advise on the potential legal consequences of every case.
How Common are Drunk Driving Accidents?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one person in the United States dies every 45 minutes in drunk-driving crashes.
The Different Types of Drunk Driving Car Accidents
People who survive accidents involving drunk drivers often have catastrophic injuries. Here are common types of drunk driving accidents.
Rear-End Car Accidents
The ability to accurately perceive distances is limited in people under the influence of alcohol. If a driver in front of them makes a sudden stop, the drunk driver rear-ends the vehicle, as they often drive too close to the other car.
Because alcohol makes a driver drowsy, they tend to drift into the oncoming traffic causing head-on collisions.
According to a report by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, motorcycle riders driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, is one of the top reasons for motorcycle accidents.
Common Injuries in Drunk Driving Accidents
Common injuries from drunk driving accidents are traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injuries, broken or crushed limbs, internal injuries, burns, whiplash and other neck injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), lacerations and bruises, and more.
What Happens if I Was Partially at Fault in the DUI Accident but Was Not Drinking?
Georgia is a modified comparative negligence state, so you can pursue a personal injury case, even if you are partially at fault.
What To Do If You are in an Accident With a Drunk Driver
Protecting your rights is vital when in an accident with a drunk driver. Once you are sure nobody needs immediate medical attention, remember the following:
Do Not Give a Recorded Statement
Do not give a recorded statement to anyone but your attorney.
Report The Accident
Report the accident to the police, verify a police report was written, and ask for the police report number.
If possible, take pictures or videos of the damage to the vehicle that hit you and the accident scene.
Seek Medical Attention
Seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident, even if you think your injuries are minor.
Call a Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
Call an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer, Zach Meeks of Meeks Impact Law, as soon as possible, to ensure your rights are protected.
Meeks Impact Law is a dedicated, client-focused firm in Cumming, Georgia. We understand the legal and medical aspects of personal injury law and apply this knowledge to build strong cases that get our clients the compensation they deserve. Have you or a loved one been injured due to a drunk driver? Do you want compensation? Meeks Impact Law is an experienced and trusted Georgia drunk driving accident lawyer. Contact us today to discuss the specifics of your case.