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Atlanta, Georgia Drunk Driving Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driving crash, you know the devastation that comes from knowing that the serious injuries and death could have so easily been prevented. While you cannot undo the damage done by a drunk driving crash, you can take legal action against the person who hurt you.  An Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can help.

Drunk driving is illegal in the state of Georgia and any Atlanta driver who is intoxicated or who has a blood alcohol content above .08 can be arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, despite laws prohibiting drunk driving, drivers still get behind the wheel drunk every day. These drivers put themselves in danger, put their passengers at risk and endanger the life of every single driver on the road.

The Dangers of Drunk Driving in Georgia

Although Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recognizes Georgia as being one of the best states as far as enforcing drunk driving laws, drunk driving accidents are still far too common within the state. For example:
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving reported in 2011 that there were 277 DUI fatalities in Georgia.  In total, 23 percent of all traffic deaths in the state during this time were DUI related.
  • MADD reported that there were 1,755 DUI-related fatalities in the state over the past five years.
  • The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety indicated that there were 2,154 DUI-related fatalities from 2004 to 2008.
  • The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety also reported that an average of 406.5 alcohol-impaired fatalities has occurred over the fifteen years from 1994 to 2008.
Unfortunately, as these statistics show, there are thousands of people each year who are losing their lives as a result of drunk drivers. Many more also suffer serious and often permanent injuries because of a drunk driver.

Drunk Driving Causes Serious Harm

While any auto accident can be dangerous, a drunk driving crash is especially detrimental to those involved. Unfortunately, drunk drivers are often unable to swerve to avoid a head-on accident and/or do not react quickly enough to apply the brakes to limit the speed and force at which a collision occurs. As a result, drunk driving crashes often cause very serious injuries including:
  • Bone fractures
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Disfigurement or scarring
  • Amputation
  • Burn injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Death
These and other injuries can cause significant pain and can result in you taking extended time off from work. In some cases, the injuries may forever impact your quality of life and permanently reduce or eliminate your ability to earn a living.

In the event that the drunk driving accident results in death, surviving family members will be left without their loved one’s companionship and without the financial resources that the deceased would normally provide. An Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer can help injured victims or their family members to obtain fair and just compensation for all of these losses.

Getting Legal Help from an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer for a Collision Caused by a Drunk Driver

At Sammons & Carpenter, our Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers understand the ins-and-outs of serious drunk driving cases. Because drunk driving is against the law, proving negligence is usually more straightforward, but it is still your burden to prove that the other driver was at fault in your crash. We will help to build your case every step of the way, from gathering the evidence you need to negotiating a settlement or fighting for maximum compensation in court.

To learn more about how our experienced Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers can help you, give us a call today at (404) 991-5950 or use our online form to contact us and set up your free consultation.   

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