In Georgia, if you are in an accident with another driver who is suspected of DUI, they will likely face DUI charges. Unfortunately, criminal DUI charges usually offer no monetary compensation to those who were hurt in the accident. A separate lawsuit against the driver and their insurance company will need to be filed in order for financial compensation to be given. The good news is that a DUI conviction will make it easier to prove that the other driver acted negligently. Because insurance companies are well aware that a sympathetic jury is more likely to award a higher amount in court, many are willing to settle out of court. However, you should never accept any settlement without first consulting an attorney.
11 Alive reports on a Military College cadet who is facing an uncertain future due to an accident with an allegedly intoxicated driver.
Cadet Benjamin Bruner was in surgery again last Thursday after being involved in a horrific accident on his motorcycle.
The accident occurred as Bruner was on his way to class at the University of North Georgia, where he is a cadet in the Military School. He collided with a vehicle that was backing out of a driveway near Dahlonega.
The driver of that vehicle, 63-year-old James Phillip Holbrook, is facing several charges, one of them DUI.
Holbrook said that he had been drinking the night before but had not been drinking that morning. He said that it was foggy, and he did not see Bruner and thought that the roadway was clear.
The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office has asked the Georgia State Patrol to investigate before determining whether to prosecute Holbrook.
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