Helping Victims of Gwinnett County Drunk Driving Accidents Seek Monetary Recovery in their Personal Injury Cases
Drunk drivers pose a serious safety threat to all other motor vehicle drivers on the roadway. In fact, according to statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 28 people die every day in collisions that involve an intoxicated motor vehicle driver. This translates into approximately one death every 53 minutes. Moreover, according to the CDC, drunk driving accidents cost a total of $44 billion dollars every year in the United States.
When motor vehicle drivers operate their vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they seriously increase their chances of causing a motor vehicle accident. This is because drugs and alcohol affect the body’s central nervous system and how it functions. Alcohol, for instance, slows down a person’s central nervous system, and consequently, his or her reaction time.
If you have suffered property damage and/or personal injuries because of a drunk driver, you may be eligible for monetary compensation. In addition to compensatory damages for your medical treatment and lost wages, you may be able to obtain compensation for your pain, inconvenience, suffering, and loss of enjoyment. Moreover, you may be eligible to recover punitive damages from the drunk driver.
The experienced Gwinnett County drunk driving accident lawyers at Brauns Law can review the facts of your case with you and help you pursue the money damages you deserve.
The Legal Standard for Drunk Driving in Gwinnett County, Georgia
Under Georgia law, individuals who operate their vehicles while impaired by alcohol are subject to criminal penalties. A police officer can arrest someone for driving under the influence—or DUI—in two separate instances. First, the officer can arrest the driver if he or she determines that the driver is impaired to such an extent that the driver is “less safe.” This is true even if the driver refuses to take a chemical impairment test.
An officer can also arrest a driver for DUI if chemical testing shows the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to be 0.08 percent or higher, within three hours of operating a motor vehicle. This is called DUI per se.
If you have suffered injuries in a Gwinnett County drunk driving accident, the skilled legal team at Brauns Law can help you prove your case in order to recover the damages you deserve.
The Scene of the Accident
If you are in a motor vehicle accident that you believe was caused by a drunk driver, there are certain actions you should take while you are still at the accident scene. The first thing you should do is to call the police and other emergency personnel to the scene if you are able.
When the police arrive on-scene, you should inform the officer about any evidence tending to show that the other driver had been drinking. That evidence may include slurred speech, alcohol odor, unsteady gait, or bloodshot eyes. While these observations cannot prove that the other driver was intoxicated, they may provide the officer with enough reasonable suspicion to begin a DUI investigation.
The officer may resort to chemical testing or field sobriety tests to make the final determination about whether the other driver was under the influence of alcohol.
As soon as possible after a drunk driving accident, call the experienced lawyers at Brauns Law. Our legal team can obtain the police report and other documentation to begin pursuing your case.
Pursuing a Claim or Lawsuit against the Drunk Driver
In drunk driving accident cases, a lawyer can file a personal injury claim or lawsuit on your behalf against the drunk driver. In cases where alcohol was clearly involved, the other driver’s insurance company may not contest liability (that is, fault for the accident), in which case the claim is mostly about causation and the amount of monetary damages to which you are entitled. In these types of cases, the accident victim will still need to demonstrate that he or she sustained injuries and that these injuries directly resulted from the drunk driving accident.
The Gwinnett County drunk driving accident lawyers at Brauns Law can assist you with filing a claim or lawsuit in the court system for monetary damages.
Types of Damages Available
Injuries sustained in drunk driving accidents can be extremely serious. This is especially true if the accident occurs at a high rate of speed. Injuries suffered in drunk driving accidents can involve anything from soft tissue injuries, sprains, and contusions, to traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and death.
If you can demonstrate that you sustained your injuries as a direct result of the drunk driving accident, you may be able to recover compensation for any or all of the following:
- Medical expenses, including expenses for treatment, procedures, and physical therapy
- Lost wages for time missed from work as a result of medical appointments and recuperation
- Pain and suffering related to injuries sustained in the accident
- Loss of enjoyment or quality of life due to the injuries sustained
- Loss of earning capacity in cases where the accident victim sustained permanent injuries
- Loss of spousal or family companionship and support
- Wrongful death damages in cases where the decedent’s surviving family members file a claim
The experienced drunk driving accident attorneys at Brauns Law understand the suffering, pain, and inconvenience associated with a drunk driving accident. Our legal team will fight for your right to monetary damages to compensate you for everything you went through.
Talk to a Gwinnett County Drunk Driving Accident Attorney Today
Drunk driving accident cases are complicated, and the amount of pain, suffering, and medical treatment involved can overwhelm anyone. If you suffered injuries because of a drunk driver, you are not alone. The knowledgeable attorneys at Brauns Law can help you pursue legal damages and work towards a favorable resolution of your case.
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Gwinnett County drunk driving accident Attorney, please call us at (404) 418-8244, or contact us online today.