DUI and Drug Related Accidents
It's No Accident
When someone decides to drink, use drugs and drive, they risk tragedy and heartbreak for themselves and others. The word "accident" isn't really accurate when describing a crash involving someone driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. A driver makes a deliberate choice to get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That's no accident.
It is well known that driving drunk or drugged substantially increases a driver's chances of causing a serious car wreck. The result can be extremely serious, including: wrongful death or very serious injuries, such as brain damage, amputation injuries, paralysis and severe burns. Charles Scholle, an experienced Atlanta, Georgia injury lawyer, has represented the victims of drunk drivers for nearly two decades.
As a supporter and Advisory Board Member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Charles Scholle advocates that drivers do not mix alcohol or drugs with driving. MADD statistics indicate that about 27% of Georgia's fatal traffic accidents in recent years involved drunk drivers. Although lower than the national average, it is still much higher than it should be. The US Department of Transportation, has noted that about one-third of DUI accident victims are not the intoxicated drivers, but rather their passengers, pedestrians or people in other vehicles. Many of these are children.
The problem is not simply with alcohol. Marijuana, pain medication, crystal meth, methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine, opium, Quaaludes and other drugs can lead drivers to cause serious automobile accidents on Georgia roads and highways.
The Law Is On the Victim's Side
Georgia laws (and juries) do not look kindly on drivers shown to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Legal liability (fault for the accident) is generally easier to prove in cases of intoxicated drivers, particularly if the driver was charged with a DUI, drug or "less safe" offense. That means victims should be offered a larger settlement, and if they must go to court to enforce their rights, victims are entitled to ask for punitive damages. Punitive damages are special payments, not available in every case, intended to punish severe wrongdoing. Normally, under Georgia law, punitive damages are capped at $250,000, but where alcohol is involved, punitive damages can be unlimited. Of course, victims are also entitled to claim all of the same damages that other Georgia accident victims may claim, including their medical bills, repair costs and other costs of the accident as well as compensation for pain, suffering and any permanent disability or scarring.
Your Rights Against DUI Drivers
If you were the victim in an accident involving alcohol or drug impairment, Atlanta drunk driving accident lawyer Charles Scholle is ready to help you recover. For over two decades, he has represented Georgia individuals and families seeking justice and financial compensation for very serious injuries. He understands that clients often suffer intense emotional and physical pain and often, financial strain after suffering from a DUI or Drug related accident.
Scholle Law helps clients get through the litigation process with as little stress as possible. Unlike other lawyers who take so many cases they cannot provide clients with personal attention, he takes the time needed to explain the process and keep clients up to date on their cases. He is dedicated to excellence in practice and works to get clients the best possible financial results.
Set up your free consultation now by sending the firm a message online or calling toll-free at 1-866-972-5287 or in Atlanta at 770-717-5100.
From a main office in Gwinnett County, Charles Scholle serves clients from offices in Buckhead and the Perimeter and represents victims throughout Atlanta and Georgia, including Grayson, Decatur, Duluth, Norcross, Walton County and all surrounding areas.
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