A drunken driver who causes an accident in Georgia will likely face criminal prosecution. However, those injured in the accident may have to file a lawsuit against the person or the insurance company to get compensation for their injuries. A conviction should make it much easier to prove when a driver acted negligently. Most insurance companies will want to avoid going to trial in drunk driving injury cases and will often try to make a quick settlement. These initial settlements are often worth far less than a person should be compensated.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution report on a drunken driver who seriously injured a deputy.
In a sentencing hearing last week, 28-year-old Riley Russell was sentenced to five years in jail. Russell pleaded guilty to charges of habitual impaired driving and serious injury by vehicle. The charges stem from a November 2017 crash where Russell crashed into a Forsyth County Deputy’s patrol vehicle.
The accident broke Deputy First Class Rod Reeves’ ribs and hips.
Reeves was on patrol when he got a call regarding an intoxicated driver while he was parked on the shoulder of Ga. 400. Just as he put his car into drive to respond to the call, Russel slammed into his vehicle while driving a 2005 Ford Explorer.
After completing his jail sentence, Reeves will spend an additional 10 years on probation. He will have to pay $5,226 in legal fees and complete 360 hours of community service.