DUI accidents are a tragedy that should never happen. With harsher-than-ever penalties for drunk driving and the wide-spread availability of rideshare services like Uber and Lyft, there is no excuse for a person who knowingly gets behind the wheel drunk.
At Monge & Associates, we have zero tolerance for drunk driving, especially when it results in a car accident that causes injury to you or a loved one. It is our firm’s policy to push drunk driving cases to their maximum value, and we have a long history of success in doing so.
Call us at (800) 860-8021 or submit an online contact form to find out if you have a case and how much it’s really worth. We can come to you.
How Common Are Drunk Driving Accidents?
According to information and datasets from the National Safety Council (NSC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DUI accidents are not going away on their own. 2016 saw a 1% decrease in DUI crash fatalities, but it follows a significant rise in both 2014 and 2015. If we want DUI accidents and the injuries they cause to stop, then we all need to be aware of the problem and take steps to make things right — like pursuing maximized compensation for DUI accident injury victims with unwavering resolve like Monge & Associates does.
Key DUI accident statistics that everyone should know about:
People aged 21 – 34 are the most likely to cause or be injured in a DUI crash than any other age group.
- Nearly 80% of drivers who cause DUI crashes are men.
- 26% of fatal DUI crashes in Georgia are caused by a drunk driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.15 or greater.
- 10,496 people died in DUI accidents in 2016, many of whom were not the intoxicated driver.
- About 28% of car accident fatalities in 2016 were caused by a driver committing a DUI.
- Approximately 10% of fatal DUI accident victims in 2016 were children aged 14 or younger.
- The cost of DUI accident injuries and damages in 2010 is estimated to be at least $44 billion in medical bills, lost work productivity, property damage, and so forth.
No matter a person’s driving experience, a BAC level of certain strength will cause objective decreases in motor control, reaction times, coordination, visual acuity, and other functions needed to safely drive a vehicle. Even law enforcement efforts to arrest and prosecute someone for a DUI that caused injuries to others could be used as evidence of that driver’s dangerous intoxication, which maximizes their liability and minimizes your own.
How DUI Law Helps You
Laws crack down hard on drunk drivers. It is a criminal offense to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. However, a driver could still be convicted of DUI with a BAC of as low as 0.05% if there is enough proof to determine that he or she was too impaired to operate a vehicle safely at the time of the crash.
This is because everyone’s body processes alcohol differently. A small woman may begin to feel “buzzed” after just one drink, whereas a 300-pound man might not display visible signs of impairment until he’s downed several drinks. Both of them may never “look drunk” at all. However, they could still have impaired judgment, slower reflexes, and poor concentration behind the wheel of a car.
Dram Shop Liability: When Bars Overserve
Georgia law also allows injured victims to take legal action against bars, liquor stores, or other establishments that sold alcohol to a visibly impaired person who later harmed someone in a drunk driving accident. These “dram shop” claims can help victims obtain more compensation than they might get through other legal channels, but they are typically very complex. If you or a loved one was injured in a drunk driving crash and you think you might have a dram shop claim, we can explain the law to you in detail so that you understand your legal options.
Compensation in Drunk Driving Crashes
Victims of drunk-driving accidents are generally able to recover benefits to cover many of the financial burdens caused by the accident.
Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost current and future wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage to the vehicle
- Rental car reimbursement
- Costs of assistive devices like wheelchairs or walkers
- Compensation for scars and disfigurement
Punitive Damages: Punishing Drunk Drivers for the Damage They Cause
In a traffic collision caused by a driver committing a DUI, there is the possibility of seeking an additional form of damages: punitive damages. When a defendant in a civil case committed criminal wrongdoing and should have known the danger they were putting others in due to their reckless actions, they can be ordered to pay punitive damages as an additional form of punishment. The punitive damages you receive are usually proportionate to the sum of your economic damages, much like how non-economic damages for pain and suffering are calculated.
Someone committing a DUI should be penalized with punitive damages. Drunk drivers may act like they were in a cloud or haze and therefore did not know what they were doing, but scientific and metabolic evidence contradicts them. The chemical components in ethyl alcohol do not affect someone’s memory unless they actually blackout and lose time. As such, drunk drivers can recall what they have done and likely even give precise details, if they can bear to admit to their reckless behavior.
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When the Worst Happens: Pursuing Justice for a Lost Loved One
If your loved one was killed in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim on his/her behalf.
The surviving family members are typically able to recover compensation for economic and non-economic damages including:
- Medical expenses prior to death
- Funeral/burial costs
- Loss of financial support (if the deceased was the primary breadwinner)
- Loss of companionship
- Emotional distress
No amount of money can replace the loss you and your family are experiencing, but with help from our compassionate team, a wrongful death claim can help ease some of the burden you are feeling so that you and your family can focus on what really matters: grieving and honoring your lost loved one.
Call Our Atlanta DUI Accident Attorneys for Help
To make certain drunk drivers never get behind the wheel while intoxicated again, it is up to DUI accident lawyers, like our team from Monge & Associates, to pursue maximized compensation on behalf of the wrongfully injured without relenting.
Our team of experienced drunk driving accident lawyers in Atlanta can help you take legal action when someone else’s negligent actions result in an accident that leaves you injured. We are committed to helping each of our clients fight for the maximum compensation they are owed; we guarantee that you will receive a bigger settlement offer than you had prior to hiring us or you do not have to pay us a dime.
Get in contact with our team today; call (800) 860-8021 or fill out an online form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.