SUING A DRUNK DRIVER
Let Attorney Young Help You Recover
Diana Whipkey Young takes a firm stance against drunk drivers in the state of Georgia. At the Young Law firm, Diana helps clients gain their life back after an accident involving a drunk driver. Those who are hit by drunk drivers often suffer from mounting medical bills and lost wages. These accidents caused by reckless drivers can turn clients lives upside down. Attorney Diana Whipkey Young has years of experience in courtroom litigation and has recovered millions of dollars for her clients.
If you or someone in your family has been injured in a crash involving a drunk driver, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. There are a few key tips to follow to help you on the road to recovery.
What to do following a DUI accident
After a crash, file a police report. Be cooperative with the local enforcement, give full details of your accident. This needs to happen at the scene of the crime. Secondly, seek medical treatment right away. Many victims often feel like they have no injuries from the accident. Quite often, the injuries may become noticeable the next day or even next week. It is best to seek medical attention right away. While a diagnosed injury from a physician is helpful in court, you don’t want to delay medical attention. You could put your health at risk. Also by seeking medical attention right away, it will prove in court that your injuries are from the accident.
The state of Georgia does charge the drunk driver with criminal charges. The state also allows victims to sue for punitive damages. Punitive damages cover items such as medical bills, lost wages, and other financial burdens. Not only does this allow the victim to reclaim damages, it punishes the drunk driver and in many cases deters the behavior in the future. The drunk driver made a choice to cause the accident, the victim did not. Georgia places full responsibility on drunk drivers in most cases.
There are a couple of things to note about suing for punitive damages. The case will be held in front of a jury who will decide if the victim will be awarded. Injuries, time in hospitalization, the level of blood alcohol of the driver, the severity of the accident, and possibly third party involvement are all weighed in the court case. Punitive damages cannot be applied in wrongful death cases.
A Third Party May Also be Responsible
In some cases, suing third parties may be needed. Georgia DUI Laws state third parties involved in serving the drunk driver may be liable. There are two key factors that could pull in third parties. One is serving a minor. Third parties would need to prove that a believable fake ID was presented along with the drunk driver appearing well overage. Two, third parties need to prove that they did not serve a noticeably intoxicated driver. These third parties could include bars, restaurants, clubs, employers, and citizens in their private homes.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a drunk driving accident, you are at the right place. Start by filling out the case review form, you are taking the first step in recovering your losses. Attorney Diana Whipkey Young understands that you did not have a choice in this accident, she can help you take a stance against drunk driving.