DUI accidents often involve serious injuries that can present a burden to both victims and their family. If you or someone you love recently suffered harm in a car accident involving a drunk driver, you may be eligible to collect compensation for your injuries and other intangible losses.
Contact the Savannah attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak to schedule a free review of your legal options. We have the experience necessary to handle your DUI claim and hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions. Here are some reasons to contact us:
Georgia has some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation. As a result, the prevalence of drunk driving tends to be lower in Georgia than the national average. Still, the death rate in Georgia due to drunk driving is around three people per 100,000, compared to the national average of 3.3.
Like most other states, Georgia considers a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08 to be operating under the influence. However, this only applies to non-commercial drivers over the age of 21. A person operating under a CDL may face DUI charges for a BAC in excess of 0.04, while a minor (under the age of 21) can receive a DUI for a BAC over 0.02.
Because drinking and driving is against the law, it can often be easier to prove that the drunk driver was at fault in a car accident. Determining fault in a drunk driving accident is generally clear. Since drunk driving is against the law, a driver usually commits “negligence per se,” making it simpler for victims to collect compensation for their injuries. However, having an attorney is still essential, especially with regard to negotiating with insurance companies. Many insurers will attempt to low ball a victim into an unfair settlement, even though they know that their policyholder was at-fault for a car accident.
An attorney can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf and ensure fair and full compensation for your material and intangible losses. Generally, a DUI claim involves payment for the following types of losses:
Economic damages seek to compensate for the tangible losses associated with the car accident. Examples include payment of medical bills, compensation for lost wages, and the projected costs associated with a victim’s recovery.
General damages, on the other hand, reimburse a victim for the intangible losses a victim suffers. These may include pain, suffering, emotional anguish, and more.
In some DUI cases, punitive damages may also be available. These seek to punish a defendant for wrongdoing and discourage similar behavior in the future, by the defendant or anyone else who might be tempted to drink and drive.
DUI accidents usually involve serious injuries and demand an attorney’s experience in negotiating with insurance companies. If you or a loved one incurred injuries in a drunk driving accident involving a drunk driver, contact the Savannah accident lawyers at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP to schedule a free review of your next steps. We will help you seek full compensation.