Atlanta, Georgia Car Accident Lawyers - Car Accidents Involving a Drunk Driver

As Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers, we understand that getting in a car wreck with a drunk driver is a lot of things: dangerous, frightening, expensive, frustrating and sometimes even life-threatening or fatal. An alcohol-related auto accident can frequently result in a totaled car, severe injuries, high medical and repair bills, or even the unfortunate death of a loved one. Consulting with an experienced Atlanta personal injury and wrongful death lawyer is essential.

When you’ve been in a drunken driving collision, you should consider filing a claim against the intoxicated motorists' insurance policy.  Depending on the situation, you could have grounds for a wrongful death or personal injury case and be able to recoup all the bills you’ve had to pay because of the accident.  It could even help provide you and your family with financial stability if you or a family member is unable to work because of the wreck.

To file a claim against the drunk driver in your accident, follow these simple steps:

1. Contact an Atlanta car accident lawyer

Getting legal counsel is an absolute necessity before filing a claim against a drunk driver. An experienced bodily injury and wrongful death lawyer can give you valuable advice, help to gather evidence for your claim, and overall just ensure your case has a higher chance of success. They know the ins and outs of car accident cases, and their expertise can be a huge benefit to your claim.

2. Determine the type of claim you will file

Did the collision result in injury or death?  This will determine the type of claim you will file.  Both personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits can compensate you similarly, but a wrongful death suit aims to care for the deceased’s family on a long-term basis, providing compensation in lieu of any financial support the victim would have provided in life.

3. Determine the current and future damages

The amount you will be due in your case is determined by the total amount of damages you have incurred to date, and those you will incur over time in the future.  Current damages will include medical bills, car repairs, lost wages, funeral costs, etc.  Future damages can include anything from planned medical treatments to expected time off work due to injury; future costs are best estimated by an experienced car accident lawyer.

4. File the claim

The final step is to actually file the claim.  Your personal injury or wrongful death lawyer will handle this; however, it’s important to keep in mind the statute of limitations on your claim.  In Georgia, the statute of limitations on wrongful death and personal injury suits is generally two years.  That means you generally have two years from the date of the wreck (in the case of an injury) or two years from the date of death in which to file your case.  This statute of limitations can be tolled in some circumstances which is all the more reason to consult with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible.

Don’t delay, talk to a lawyer as soon as possible and learn your legal rights. Call 404-814-8949 or fill out our online case evaluation form to speak with the experienced Atlanta car accident lawyers and wrongful death attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., today to discuss your unique situation and decide the best course of action for your unique case.


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