If you were injured by a drunk driver in Sandy Springs, you are not alone. Across Georgia, one in three car accident deaths involves a drunk driver. That amounted to 3700 fatalities over a 10-year period. Intoxicated drivers get behind the wheel every day, causing accidents and injuries that may require months or years of expensive treatment. If you or a loved one has been in an accident with a drunk driver, you do have rights. You can recover your expenses, but you need to speak with a Sandy Springs drunk driving accident attorney.
At John Foy & Associates, we have been fighting for the rights of accident victims for 20-plus years. Our law firm ONLY represents victims, never insurance companies. We will do everything we can to get you the most money possible for your injuries, so you can get your life back on track. Our experienced attorneys would like to offer you a free consultation to explain your rights and talk about your options. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
How is “DUI” defined in Sandy Springs?
“DUI” is defined in Georgia’s state laws, which apply to accidents that happen in the City of Sandy Springs. Although we use “DUI” to mean driving while drunk, it really means driving while impaired by ANY substance, not just alcohol. If the substance can affect your judgment, your self-control or your driving, it can be the basis for a DUI. Common substances involved in DUI cases include:
- Alcoholic drinks
- Prescription medications
- Over the counter drugs that lead to drowsiness
- Illegal substances such as marijuana, crack and cocaine
In most cases, a chemical test will determine whether a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Law enforcement officers may administer a test at the accident scene or after a person is taken into custody. For alcohol, they use breath and blood tests to see if a person’s blood alcohol content is above the .08% legal limit. For other substances, they might use blood or urine tests. But some people are convicted of DUI when there was never any test administered at all.
If a drunk driver hits me in Sandy Springs, what should I do?
First, make sure there’s emergency medical help for yourself and anyone else who was injured in the crash. If you are up and walking around, there are other things you can do that will help you make a strong claim against the drunk driver. This includes:
- Calling the police. In addition to administering chemical tests that may show that the other driver was impaired, the police will interview the drivers and any witnesses and prepare an accident report. The accident report is a critical piece of evidence in any claim.
- Telling the officer you think the other driver is impaired. Let the police officer know why you think the other driver is under the influence. Law enforcement authorities are trained to detect intoxication, either through observation, field sobriety tests, or Breathalyzer tests. You can alert them to the need to investigate further, and ideally the other driver will be arrested and charged.
- Videotaping conversations with the other driver. If the other driver seems obviously impaired, take a video of your conversation with your cell phone. A video showing slurred speech, a wobbly stance or needless aggression can be much more persuasive to a judge or jury than your verbal testimony.
- Getting witness contact information. Talk to people at the scene and find out if anyone saw the accident or the impaired driver’s behavior. Write down their names and contact information so you can follow up later.
As soon as you can, make an appointment with an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer. The other driver’s insurance company will probably offer you far less than your claim is really worth, and a lawyer can help you get the full amount you deserve.
How much money can I get in a DUI accident claim in Sandy Springs?
Sandy Springs follows Georgia law, which gives you a right to recover 100% of your losses from an auto accident. This usually means you can recover the following:
- Your medical and prescription drug bills
- Lost wages to make up for time you had to miss from work because of the accident
- Auto repairs or replacement
- Large sums of money for pain and suffering, disabilities, wrongful death or other serious losses
If your accident involved an impaired driver, you can also recover additional money known as “punitive damages.” Punitive damages are part of a drunk driver’s punishment for choosing to drive while impaired. Punitive damages help you get back on your feet, but they are also meant as a warning that in Georgia, drunk drivers must pay a price.
Because of punitive damages, drunk driving cases are often worth far more than the cost of your injuries. Many DUI cases are worth more than $100,000.
What if I was the drunk driver’s passenger?
You have a right to recover ALL your costs and damages, no matter whose car you were riding in. However, sometimes the local courts try to treat a drunk driver’s passengers differently than they treat other accident victims. For example, if you got into the car knowing that the driver was drunk, a judge may not want to award you as much money. For this reason, it is especially important to get in touch with an experienced drunk driving lawyer right away. A lawyer can evaluate your claim and recommend an approach.
Talk to a Sandy Springs Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer for Free
Drunk driving accidents can have tragic consequences, but they don’t have to destroy you financially. Let us sit down with you for a free, no-obligation consultation to go over your case and explain how you can get a FULL financial recovery. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.