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When drivers choose to get behind the wheel drunk, they put themselves and everyone on the road at risk. In fact, accidents caused by impaired drivers often result in catastrophic injuries. In some instances, drunk driving accidents can be fatal. Driving under the influence of alcohol impairs a driver’s judgment, motor skills, and depth perception—all of which are vital for operating a vehicle safely.
Drunk driving slows a person’s reaction time, making them more likely to be involved in a car accident. Careless drivers who choose to get behind the wheel drunk can be held legally responsible for any damage, including injuries or death, that occur as a result of their negligence. Victims can sue on the grounds of negligence to recover compensation for the costs related to their accident and punitive damages to deter and punish this conduct.
Drunk Driving Laws and Statistics
National statistics indicate that on average, 12,000 people die in alcohol-related car accidents every year. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended driver’s license, and the average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before they are arrested for the first time.
In Georgia, it is illegal for a person’s blood alcohol content to exceed the following limits:
- Under the age of 21: 0.02 percent
- Age 21 or older: 0.08 percent
- Commercial drivers: 0.04 percent
Drunk drivers who cause accidents can face a number of DUI-related criminal penalties, but this can never make right the expense that victims and their families face when it comes to medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and more. An Atlanta car accident lawyer at Schneider Hammers can help victims file a personal injury lawsuit to recover these and other damages. Drunk driver car accident cases can be much more complicated than the average car accident because there are criminal charges involved that can sometimes slow down civil proceedings. The drunk driving car accident lawyers at Schneider Hammers specialize in helping metro Atlanta & Georgia residents who have been injured by a drunk driver receive medical care as well as renumeration for their pain and suffering during and after recovery.
Suffering for Someone Else’s Negligence? We Can Help
Schneider Hammers has more than 40 years of experience fighting to protect the rights of injured people. We have helped thousands of individuals obtain compensation for injuries caused by the carelessness of others, and we may be able to help you, too. While you focus on healing, allow the caring attorneys at our trusted firm to handle the rest. We are personally invested in each case we handle and are fully prepared to do whatever it takes to secure the very best results possible.