According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol related fatalities have been on the decline in Georgia for the past few years. However, statistics continue to underscore the severity of driving under the influence.  If you are wounded in a Georgia DUI car accident or if you have lost a loved one because of another driver's negligence, speak with an Atlanta personal injury lawyer to discuss your options for seeking compensation. 

Statistics on Driving Under the Influence in Georgia

Figures from the NHTSA on alcohol-impaired driving fatalities include: 
  • 2006 - 454 victims;
  • 2007 - 445 victims;
  • 2008 - 405 victims;
  • 2009 - 333 victims; and
  • 2010 - 298 victims. 
Although a Georgia DUI car accident can lead to criminal penalties such as jail time ad fines, it can also lead to civil penalties. 

With the help of an Atlanta personal injury lawyer, you can file a civil lawsuit and seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering and maybe even punitive damages. However, understand that it can be very difficult to obtain punitive damages because it must be proven that the defendant intentionally caused harm or showed a reckless disregard for others on the road. 

Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer

If you are the victim of a Georgia DUI car Accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case – 404-842-7838.
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