Approximately 29 people die in drunk driving accidents in the United States each day and the costs related to damages and deaths average close to $44 billion dollars a year. Approximately one-third of United States crash fatalities involve drunk drivers who have blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels of .08 g/dL or higher. It is illegal to drive with a BAC higher than .08 in Georgia. Approximately 26% of Georgia’s roadway fatalities are DUI-associated. The state’s number of DUI fatalities rose from an average 301 in 2015 to 368 in 2016. The more complex the highway system is and the increased number of cars on a roadway directly impacts the danger of drunk driving accidents, DUI death rates are highest in the urban areas of Georgia.
Marietta Georgia hosts busy traffic patterns on a labyrinth of roadways accessing Atlanta, some of which are currently under construction disrupting normal traffic patterns that might alter the reaction time of an alert driver and even more so someone who has been driving under the influence. It has been widely advertised with supporting factual data that drinking and driving are a deadly combination, yet people still get behind the wheel after reaching a point where their reactions are slowed when they have no business endangering unsuspecting law-abiding individuals who are traveling on the same roadways. If you are involved in a drunk driving accident in Marietta Georgia that has caused injuries necessitating medical procedures and leaving you with permanent physical damage, it would be in your best interest to hire an attorney.
An attorney can provide you with legal expertise to develop a solid case against the driver who has been negligent through their drinking and driving that has caused you harm. A Georgia personal injury attorney can be instrumental as a liaison between your medical professionals, auto repair personnel, police officers and criminal attorneys who handle the State’s case for the criminal act of driving under the influence, along with providing professional interactions with the insurance company. These interactions could set you up for a settlement based on in-depth medical reporting including current, residual and permanent damages caused by the accident, and loss of personal property. The drunk driver and their insurance company will have lawyers representing them and it is imperative that you have someone who can deal with the legal issues, while you deal with the emotional and physical hurdles as you attempt to heal from the accident.
Another benefit of hiring legal counsel is that they may find alternate avenues to increase your monetary award based on facts retrieved from the attorney handling the criminal suit for the DUI which may strengthen your civil case. For example, if the blood alcohol level was outrageously high, or exacerbated by reckless speeding, those facts might support a claim of action that makes your award higher. Contact an attorney who specializes with Georgia laws pertaining to accidents involving drunk drivers and DUI claims against them.