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Fighting for the Rights of DUI Accident Victims in Georgia

Georgia is a lovely state that enjoys a storied history and a diverse and growing economy. It’s home to several major corporations, including The Home Depot, UPS, Delta Airlines, and the Coca-Cola Company. We also have a lot of traffic and automobile accidents, and sadly, these accidents often involve someone driving under the influence.

A lot of bad things can happen when an intoxicated person gets behind the wheel of a car. People get killed, lives are ruined, and victims are left with catastrophic injuries. There is no excuse for drunk driving.

If you or a loved one were harmed by a drunk driver, your family may be facing tremendous hardship. You could have severe disabilities that require a lifetime of medical treatment, and you might not be able to resume your career. You have the right to pursue compensation from the person who injured you.

At Butler Prather LLP, we’ve been helping car accident victims in Georgia for over 35 years. Our firm has won settlements and verdicts for clients in over 30 states. We’ve won nine verdicts that exceed $100 million and over 60 verdicts and settlements of over $10 million. Our experienced litigators will file a claim or lawsuit to help you get the resources you need to care for yourself and your family.

Call (706) 322-1990 to learn more today with a free consultation.

What To Do After You Have Been Injured in a Georgia DUI Accident

Any type of automobile crash can be devastating. Drunk drivers take senseless risks and perform careless maneuvers that make accidents unavoidable. After the collision, a DUI driver may be incoherent and unable to communicate properly. There are steps you can take to protect your safety:

  1. Check on yourself and your passengers and apply first aid to anyone who requires assistance.
  2. Call 911.
  3. When the officer arrives, tell them which occupant was driving the other vehicle, and inform the officer if you notice any signs of drug or alcohol use.
  4. If you feel up to it, use your cell phone camera to capture photos of the accident scene, including skid marks and vehicle damage that will help indicate how fast the other vehicle was traveling.
  5. Collect names and contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident.
  6. See your doctor right away and report all symptoms, even if they seem minor. Many types of injuries may grow worse over time.
  7. Keep receipts for all medical treatments.
  8. Contact an experienced Georgia DUI car accident lawyer right away.
  9. Don’t speak with an insurance company agent unless your attorney is present.

Why DUI Accidents Are So Dangerous

In Georgia, a person is legally intoxicated if they are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any combination of alcohol and drugs that makes it less safe to drive. When someone has been drinking or consuming a controlled substance, they quickly lose the ability to make good decisions and safely operate a motor vehicle. Alcohol and drugs impair the following skills and abilities:

  • Judgment
  • Coordination
  • Reflexes
  • Depth perception
  • Reaction time
  • Hearing
  • Vision
  • Mental processing

Your Georgia DUI Accident Attorney Can Investigate the Accident

Once your case has been established, your personal injury will begin investigating the accident right away. This is a civil action to secure compensation, and there doesn’t need to be a criminal DUI conviction for you to receive damages for your injuries. When the investigation is complete, your attorney can file a claim or lawsuit against anyone who committed an act of negligence that contributed to your injuries.

Your Georgia car accident lawyer will collect and examine the following types of evidence to support your case:

  • DUI tests
  • Police reports
  • Medical records
  • Physical and forensic evidence
  • Accident scene photos
  • Surveillance camera video
  • Police camera video
  • Accident scene simulations
  • Witness interviews
  • Evidence that results from a criminal DUI proceeding

Getting Compensation for Your Injuries

The trial lawyers at Butler Prather LLP have successfully taken on some of the most powerful interests in the country. We are always prepared to bring your case to trial if the other side refuses to make a reasonable offer.

When the insurance companies see Butler Prather LLP on the other side of the table, they know we mean business. Our attorneys will calculate the long-term costs of your injuries and file a claim or lawsuit seeking compensation. We may also pursue punitive damages in cases where the defendant shows willful misconduct, malice, fraud, oppression, or the entire want of care as laid out by Georgia Law.

A DUI accident claim or lawsuit filed by Butler Prather LLP will include the following types of damages:

  • All medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical devices
  • Disfigurement
  • Rehabilitation
  • In-home nursing care
  • Lost income
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • PTSD
  • Wheelchair access for your home
  • Wrongful death

Who Is Liable for Your DUI Accident Injuries?

Everyone has a duty of care to avoid actions that may cause reasonably foreseeable harm to others. A drunk driver violates their duty of care the moment they get behind the wheel of a car. No one is capable of driving safely when they are impaired by alcohol or controlled substances, and this includes drugs that were prescribed by a doctor.

Legal damages are monetary awards to compensate you for a physical injury or the loss of property. The following parties may be held liable for damages caused by a DUI accident.

  • The intoxicated driver
  • A business and employee who served or sold alcohol to someone who was under 21
  • A business and employee who served alcohol to someone who was noticeably intoxicated
  • Businesses and managers who hire drivers with a history of drunk driving offenses

Injuries Caused by DUI Accidents

Intoxicated drivers are likely to be speeding and making careless decisions that result in serious accidents. DUI crashes cause these types of severe injuries:

We’ve Won Over $1 Billion for Our Clients

Butler Prather LLP is one of the most esteemed personal injury law firms in the nation. We get justice for the victims of DUI crashes. We understand how important your case is to you, and there will always be someone available to speak with about how your case is proceeding.

Contact us at (706) 322-1990 to schedule a complimentary consultation today.

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I was in a complex premises liability case involving a multinational corporations. Mr. Butler & his associates were always three steps ahead of these defendants. When they say they are "exceptional trial lawyers," this is not just a slogan but it is a way of life.”
- Zack Hendon