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Our law firm has a lot of experience representing drunk driving accident victims throughout Marietta, Atlanta GA, as well as other areas of Georgia. Crashes that are caused by drunk drivers are more likely to result in serious injuries or even deaths, and this is according to traffic data that has been compiled by a number of government agencies.
Victims of drunk driving accidents are often faced with one of their family members dying, or they could end up living with a disability. Those who find themselves involved in an accident in which the other driver was driving drunk, should retain the services of an attorney that can provide them with the legal representation they need.
The Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines has pursued many civil claims and lawsuits against those who were drinking and driving, as well as those who sold or served alcohol to the drunk driver. The lawyers at the law office of Matthew C. Hines are well-known for how aggressive they are when it comes to bringing forth civil claims against drunk drivers.
Victims of accidents that involve drinking and driving need to have aggressive representation because sometimes civil cases can be complicated and it is important to have a Marietta personal injury attorney who knows what they are doing and who has the experience needed to help them get the best outcome in their case.
Drinking and driving is one of the reasons why there are many vehicle accidents in the country. In matter of fact, around 35% of fatal vehicle accidents are due to a driver who was drunk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 40% of vehicle accidents that have involved death, there was alcohol consumed by one of the drivers.
In 2007, more than 12,000 people died in alcohol impaired crashes. In the same year, more than 440 people died due to crashes involving alcohol. In 2006, there was more than 13,000 crashes that ended with a fatality/fatalities, and those accidents involved alcohol. It's worth noting that an alcohol-impaired crash is defined as when there is one driver of a vehicle, but the Blood Alcohol Content in the person's blood needs to be 0.08 percent or higher than that. The statistics is one of the reasons why drunk driving is a very serious offense, a criminal offense at that, and drinking and driving affects millions of motorists and pedestrians every single day.
Since there is a difference between accidents involving sober drivers and accidents involving drunk drivers, there could be a major impact on civil cases, especially when those cases involve deaths or injuries. Those who have fallen victims to a drunk driver should know that they do have legal claims, and that their case should not be treated as if it was just a regular motor vehicle accident that involves drivers who were not impaired, but negligent. For example, a sober driver who cause an accident can be accused of negligent, but a drunk driver may be sued for punitive damages, which usually is not the case when a sober driver is at-fault.
You should also know that drunk drivers can be affected by bankruptcy laws, in the event they are involved in a civil case that has been pursued by a victim. The Federal Bankruptcy law allows drink drivers to receive special treatment, but in a way that benefits the victim. This is because if a victim brings forth a civil case against the drunk driver, then the drunk driver will not be able to receive a bankruptcy discharge. Victims should not feel as if they shouldn't bring forth a case due to the threat of bankruptcy. Sometimes civil claims can be unique when drunk driving is involved.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident and you have been left with injuries or someone has died, and the other driver was drunk at the time of the accident, then you need to hire an attorney as soon as possible.
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