DUI Accidents & Injuries

DUI Accidents & Injuries in Georgia

Everybody needs to get from point A to point B. Between work, errands, travel we all have somewhere to go. The goal is always to get to our destination safely; unfortunately that is not always what happens. Travel by automobile, even with modern navigation and safety features, is one of the most dangerous things that residents throughout Georgia do on a daily basis.

One of the biggest risks involves a run-in with a drunk driver. If you or a loved one is harmed as a result of a DUI accident in Atlanta, Marietta or throughout Georgia, please contact the drunk driving accident lawyers at the Persons Law Firm today.

Georgia DUI Crashes

Safe driving relies on the wherewithal of the person behind the wheel. Studies show that human error—rather than environmental factors like inclement weather or poorly constructed or maintained roadways—can be attributed, in whole or in part, more than 9 out of 10 traffic accidents. They are also the most common cause of death for people age 2 to 33 according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Consuming alcohol impairs the driver's senses, reaction time, and ability to make choices further increasing the danger present in an already relatively dangerous mode of travel.

The statistics around drunk driving are eye-opening. None of them is a louder testament to the epidemic-like proportions of driving under the influence than the following: 30% of all drivers will experience an alcohol related crash during their life. That is 3 out of every 10 people who ever get behind a wheel. Drunk driving claims the lives of around 16,000 people every year. That amounts to about one an hour. Every half hour that goes by sees another alcohol-related crash. Overall 12.8% of all fatal car crashes involve alcohol.

The Law & Drunk Driving Injuries

Drunk driving accidents usually result in both criminal charges as well as civil lawsuits. The criminal charges are filed by the state against the wrongdoer while the civil suits are brought by all those injured seeking to recover compensation for their losses.

Negligence can be proven in different ways. In general, a lawyer must show that the defendant violated their duty of reasonable care and caused the plaintiff injury.

In the case of DUI the following method is applied: The State of Georgia has a series of statutes named the "Uniform Rules of the Road." One of these uniform rules, O.C.G.A. 40-6-391, outlaws driving drunk. If someone violates that statute, they are likely responsible for the ensuing harm. In other words the statute created the standard for reasonable care, and breaching that standard makes someone negligent.

Drunk Driving Lawsuits in Georgia

The Georgia accident lawyers at the Persons Firm understand the trauma, expense, and suffering that comes about after a collision. We put our experience to work to help accident victims pick up the pieces after their lives have been impacted by a negligent driver. We know the many different ways injury from accidents can come about because we have been there doing this work for years.

The important thing to keep in mind is that drunk driving not only puts the drunk driver at risk, but sober drivers innocently sharing the road as well. If you or someone you know has been injured in an alcohol related collision contact the Persons Firm by calling 770 424 5125 immediately for a free consultation.