As long as negligent people exist, there will always be drunk drivers. Despite the immense dangers of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, thousands of people do it every year. In Georgia, 366 people died in DUI-related accidents in 2015. This equated to more than one-fourth (26%) of all statewide fatalities. Victims of drunk driving accidents can suffer from life-altering injuries, including brain damage and spine injuries. Some never recover.
If you or someone in your family has been in a traffic accident with a drunk driver, come to Kaufman Law, P.C. for a free case evaluation. DUI is a supreme example of gross negligence or recklessness, and a civil claim could result in reimbursement of your hospital bills, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and lost quality of life due to a catastrophic injury or permanent disability. We can help you file a personal injury or wrongful death claim in Alpharetta, and fight for the financial recovery you deserve.
Why File a Civil Claim Against a Drunk Driver in Alpharetta?
According to Georgia’s DUI laws, a driver is legally too intoxicated to drive when he or she has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% or higher. Driving with a BAC below the legal limit, however, can still result in a DUI or driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction if the alcohol has impaired the driver. While a DUI conviction can result in a permanent record, license suspension, fines, and possible jail time, it won’t result in payment to the injured victim or a deceased person’s family. Only a civil claim can accomplish monetary awards for survivors.
It is up to you, the injured party, to pursue damages with a personal injury claim. The city of Alpharetta can bring criminal charges against the drunk driver, but it can’t bring a civil claim on your behalf. You have to take the first step toward compensation. Kaufman Law, P.C. makes it easy. We provide completely free, zero-obligation consultations so that you can discuss your case with a lawyer without risk. Our consultations are always confidential. You’ll meet with Jeffrey Kaufman or one of his associates to talk about your accident, in person or over the phone.
If you decide to retain one of our attorneys, he or she will work directly with you every step of the way. You’ll never be in the dark about the status of your claim or stuck leaving voicemails with paralegals. All of our lawyers are excellent communicators and care deeply about each client. Our firm is especially passionate about DUI accident claims, as we know how devastating these often-volatile crashes can be. A civil claim with our help could end in significant compensation, as have many of our previous cases.
How Long Do You Have to File a Claim?
Drunk drivers are often speeding, running red lights, going the wrong way, or otherwise acting recklessly in a way that results in severe collisions. In the aftermath of a drunk driving accident, you’re probably focused on recovering from your injuries or grieving the loss of a loved one. In Georgia, you have two years from the date of the accident to pursue compensation through a civil claim. The attorneys at Kaufman Law, P.C. are here for you when you decide to seek legal representation in a claim against the at-fault driver. Call (404) 355-4000 or visit us online for your free consultation.