Thanks to increased education and awareness campaigns, drunk driving is on the decline. But accidents involving DUI still happen far too often in Roswell and throughout Georgia, where 3,700 people have lost their lives to drunk drivers in just 10 years. If you or a loved one has been in an accident with a drunk driver, you have the right to recover all your expenses, including medical costs, lost time from work, and additional financial awards. But you need to talk to a Roswell drunk driving accident lawyer right away.
John Foy & Associates is ready to assist you. We have spent the last 20 plus years helping accident victims hold drunk drivers accountable for their actions. We only represent people who have been hurt in accidents—never drunk drivers or the insurance companies that want to get them off the hook. We want to get you as much money as possible so you have the financial resources to rebuild your life. Our lawyers offer a free consultation to discuss your claim. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What does “DUI” mean in Roswell?
Most people think of DUI as “drunk driving,” but in the City of Roswell DUI means driving while impaired by any substance, including illegal or prescription drugs as well as alcohol. Any substance that can impact your nervous system and your ability to drive safely can lead to a DUI. We commonly handle DUI cases involving:
- All types of alcoholic beverages
- Prescription drugs
- Over the counter drugs, particularly the ones that cause drowsiness
- Illegal drugs, including marijuana and cocaine
To determine whether someone was “under the influence,” law enforcement authorities will usually administer chemical tests. Breath and blood tests can show whether a driver had more than the .08% legal limit of alcohol in his or her blood. As little as two drinks can put someone over the limit. Blood and urine tests will show whether a driver had drugs in his or her system. Even if the other driver in your accident never had a test administered, it may still be possible for him or her to be convicted of DUI.
What should I do if I have an accident with a drunk driver in Roswell?
If you are in an accident, it is essential that you get emergency medical care right away—both for yourself and for anyone else who was hurt. If you are able, we also recommend you take some basic steps to protect your rights. These include:
- Calling the police. Always call the police after an accident, and don’t let the other driver talk you out of it. The police will prepare an accident report that will be an essential piece of evidence in your claim.
- Telling the police that the other driver seems impaired. You may not be sure if the other driver is under the influence, but if you suspect it, tell the officer and explain why. Law enforcement officers are trained to identify signs of impairment and administer tests. By explaining suspicions, you increase the chance that tests will be conducted and the other driver will be arrested for DUI.
- Watching for suspicious behavior. Impaired drivers often try to hide the evidence after an accident, pouring out containers of alcohol, throwing drugs away, or using eye drops or breath mints. If you see anything like this, get photos or video with your cell phone camera.
- Talking to witnesses. Bystanders may have seen the accident happen, or they may be witnesses to the other driver’s impaired state. Get their names and other contact information.
It is also important to talk to a lawyer as soon as you can after the accident. Cases involving drivers under the influence can be more complicated than other types of accident cases, and it’s almost guaranteed that the insurance company will offer you far less money than your claim is worth.
How much will I get in a DUI accident claim in Roswell?
Georgia’s laws give you the right to a complete financial recovery for any accident that is not your fault. That means that you can usually get 100% of these costs:
- Medical bills
- Prescription drug bills
- Car repair and body shop bills
- Your lost pay, if you lost time from work because of the accident
- The cost of ongoing pain, suffering or disabilities
You can recover these types of costs and damages in any car accident, but if your accident was caused by someone driving under the influence, you may also be entitled to a special category of damages called “punitive damages.” Punitive damages are not related to your costs—they are designed to punish the driver whose irresponsible choices caused your accident. Courts award punitive damages to discourage drunk driving and send a message to the public that if you choose to drive drunk in Georgia, you will pay a heavy price.
Because of punitive damages, we have found that many drunk driving accident claims are worth more than $100,000.
Can I still recover money if I was riding with the drunk driver?
Yes. All accident victims have the same rights, no matter whose car they were in. But the local courts and insurance companies may treat you differently if you were a passenger in the drunk driver’s car. For example, they may not want to give you as much money if you knew the driver was drunk but decided to get in the car anyway. If you were a passenger in the drunk driver’s car, it is essential that you consult a lawyer as soon as possible.
Talk to a Roswell Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer for Free
At John Foy & Associates, we are all too aware of the devastating consequences of accidents. You should never have to pay for someone else’s careless decision to drive drunk. We want to give you a free consultation to talk about your case and explain how we can help. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.