Atlanta Drunk Driver Accident Attorney
Drunk driving, despite a major shift in public opinion in recent decades, is still incredibly common. Roughly three out of ten fatal crashes involve a drunk driver. If you were hit by a drunk or “tipsy” driver, you have the option of seeking compensation for your damages by filing a personal injury claim with that party’s insurance company. Because the crash was not your fault, you should not be responsible for paying medical bills or auto body work to repair the damage to your vehicle. Let Atlanta hit by drunk driver attorney Christine Forsythe at The Forsythe Law Firm, LLC help you hold the at-fault, reckless party accountable.
Damages in an Atlanta Drunk Driving Case
Victims of drunk drivers have the ability to seek the following damages, whether they were a passenger of the drunk driver, an occupant of another vehicle, or a cyclist or pedestrian:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost earning ability
- Emotional distress
- Loss of joy of life
- And more
The family members of victims who lose their lives to the reckless decisions made by drunk drivers can also seek the following damages, in addition to many of those described above:
- Lost lifetime earnings of the decedent
- Loss of joy of life of the family member
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial expenses
Do I Have to Prove the Drunk Driver Caused the Crash?
In order to emerge victorious in a personal injury claim or lawsuit, the plaintiff must establish fault; in the case of auto collisions, the injured victim must show that the defendant had a duty of care, violated that duty, and that the actions taken by the defendant resulted in the plaintiff’s damages. In the vast majority of cases, it is clear that the drunk driver caused the crash, and if the matter were heard before a jury trial, it is usually a given that the drunk driver will be found at fault and liable for damages. However, in some scenarios the victim may also be blamed for contributing to the crash, potentially reducing the amount of compensation they would receive. As such, it is always necessary to establish fault, and when there is any doubt an experienced attorney will enlist the help of expert witnesses, eye witnesses, and crash scene reconstruction experts to win the case.
Call an Atlanta Hit by Drunk Driver Attorney Today
Drunk drivers cause hundreds of thousands of serious collisions every year. Many of these collisions result in lifelong injury for innocent victims, such as chronic back pain, brain injury, scarring and disfigurement, PTSD, and spinal cord injuries. If you were injured in a crash caused by a drunk driver, or a driver who had any alcohol in their system at all, we encourage you to take legal action by reaching out to an attorney and filing a personal injury claim. Do not hesitate to call Atlanta hit by drunk driver attorney Christine Forsythe today at The Forsythe Law Firm, LLC at 404.476.2717 to schedule a free consultation.