When you get behind the wheel of your car, one of the scariest situations is encountering a drunk driver. Not only is driving under the influence illegal, but it is also incredibly dangerous. Alcohol and drugs slow a driver’s reaction times behind the wheel. So, DUI accidents are prevalent. Did you know that drunk drivers cause a third of all traffic accident deaths? There were 4,000 people killed in Georgia over the last decade in drunk driving accidents. If you are the victim of a crash involving a drunk driver, you are entitled to compensation.
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers are seasoned Norcross car accident attorneys that have been successfully handling these cases for decades. Our legal team understands how frustrating it can be when you’re in an accident with a DUI driver. These drivers are selfish, and they put everyone’s lives at risk when they drive down the road. If you or someone you know suffers an injury in a drunk driving accident, reach out to our offices today. We offer free consultations so that you can review your options.
What does the state of Georgia consider to be drunk driving?
The amount of alcohol in your blood is known as your BAC, or your Blood Alcohol Content. Your body can only metabolize so much alcohol per hour. Technically, you should be able to drink a beer, shot, or a glass of wine and be well under the legal limit. However, if your BAC is over 0.08, you are considered a drunk driver.
The way your body metabolizes alcohol is different from anyone else. You could metabolize alcohol faster or slower based on your gender, weight, and overall physical health. You could also have a higher tolerance for alcohol. You might feel like you are ok to drive when you are well over the legal limit.
Many DUI drivers don’t take into account how fast they are drinking or what they’re drinking. Georgia has a zero-tolerance policy for drinking and driving. Even if you are under the legal limit, you could still get charged with a DUI. If you are driving erratically with alcohol is in your system, you could find yourself with criminal charges.
The only way to be safe while drinking alcohol is not to drink anything and drive. If you are in an accident, after just one drink, you could still go to jail for DUI charges.
I was in an accident with a DUI driver, now what?
Just like any other accident, there are some essential steps you should take afterward. First, you need to make sure that you are safe, so move your car if possible. Check-in with other parties involved in the accident, to evaluate injuries. Next, you should call the police. Any car accident requires you to call the authorities. If you or the other party leaves the scene of the crash, this is a hit and run. You will face criminal charges.
Once the police arrive, they will write a police report. In a DUI accident, the impaired driver will go to jail. It is illegal to drive under the influence of anything so that they will be facing criminal charges. In Georgia, you are also allowed to film at the scene. If the driver is impaired, you can shoot your conversation with them. We can use this evidence to help strengthen your claim while we build your case.
Some drunk drivers will try to remove drugs, cans, or bottles from their vehicle. If they are using eye drops, they could be covering their use of alcohol or marijuana. Please pay attention to how they’re acting. It is essential to notify the police if you feel that the other driver is under the influence of any substance.
If anyone at the scene is injured, you should also call an ambulance. It’s vital that you see a doctor following your accident, even if you feel like your injuries are minor. Some internal injuries aren’t diagnosable until you seek medical attention.
What types of damages can I receive?
With any personal injury case, you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and damages. Some of which can include: medical bills, future medical care, lost wages, loss of earning potential, and pain and suffering. Since drunk driving cases are also criminally negligent, you can seek punitive damages as well. This is compensation above your damages that are meant to punish DUI drivers further.
What if I was riding with a drunk driver while they had an accident?
The drunk driver will still be the person at fault in your accident. However, these cases are a tad bit different. You could even have the right to a claim, but the compensation might be different. We won’t know what you are entitled to until we discuss the details of your case. Every accident is different, but we can guide you through your options.
Is driving drunk the same thing as driving high?
Yes. If you are high on anything, it’s the same as drinking and driving. As we mentioned earlier, you can receive a DUI for being “Less Safe” on the road. Any substance that impairs your driving is a DUI case.
The other driver was on prescription medication. Is this a DUI?
Yes. There are warning labels on prescription drugs that say you shouldn’t operate heavy machinery. A vehicle is considered heavy machinery. It is a DUI if the person driving the other car is impaired because of drugs, alcohol, or even prescription pills.
Is a drunk driving accident different from other car crashes?
Yes. There are generally more severe injuries in these types of accidents. Drunk drivers drive recklessly and are often traveling at high speeds. These drivers have lowered reaction times, and they can’t focus on the road.
It would be best if you had an experienced drunk driving lawyer.
If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, you deserve compensation. You only have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit. Contact the Atlanta car accident attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers as soon as possible to discuss your case. We’re ready to get you a proper settlement.