To make certain drunk drivers never get behind the wheel while intoxicated again, it is up to driving under the influence (DUI) accident lawyers like our team from Monge & Associates to pursue maximized compensation on behalf of the wrongfully injured without relenting. Our Atlanta car accident law firm does not hesitate to put the pressure on insurance defense attorneys who try to undercut our clients and other claimants deserving of damages to pay for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and emotional trauma. Each time we win a big case result — which happens often — we help send a message to drunk drivers and insurance companies that drunk driving is inexcusable. Best of all, we also get to help a person or family recover after a terrible DUI accident injury left them debilitated and feeling hopeless.
If you were hurt in an accident caused by a driver who later got arrested and charged for a DUI, call our Atlanta DUI accident attorneys right away at (800) 860-8021. You can reach us 24/7 for emergencies.
How Big of a Problem Are DUI Crashes?
According to information and datasets from the National Safety Council (NSC) and 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.
Our Atlanta DUI accident with injury lawyers have the experience and insight needed to not only collect relevant police data but to also use it to your advantage. 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 other could be used as evidence of that driver’s dangerous intoxication, which maximizes their liability and minimizes your own.
Damages to Pursue in a DUI Accident Injury Case
In a car accidentclaim, you will want to seek damages to help pay for:
- Emergency medical costs
- Special medications and additional care
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Lessened enjoyment of life
In a traffic collision caused by a driver committing a DUI, there is possibility of seeking an additional form of damages: punitive damages. When a defendant in a civil case is doing 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 noneconomic 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 does not affect someone’s memory unless they actually black out 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.
After a DUI Accident, We Should Be Your Legal Advocates
Our DUI accident injury lawyers never back down when our clients’ livelihoods are on the line. Best of all, if we do not win you a verdict, settlement, or other financial award at the end of your case, you do not owe us anything.
Prepare your DUI accident case the right way with our help. Call (800) 860-8021 or contact us onlinenow.