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Were you injured in Lawrenceville, GA or its surroundings? Our lawyers can help you recover from your losses. We have decades of combined experience handling local personal injury cases.
Having a local Drunk Driving Accident with experience with and knowledge of the actual value of your case is vital to ensuring you receive the most compensation possible for your injuries.
Our award-winning personal injury lawyers know the best way to go up against insurance companies because we used to work with them and use that experience to help you win.
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Pursuing compensation from a DUI driver
When a driver causes a collision, they are responsible for any financial losses they cause victims. Obtaining compensation can be challenging. If a person is convicted of DUI, they may face jail time and other consequences. This can be evidence to help your case. This conviction alone can be enough to sway the decision in your favor, but not always. Spaulding Injury Law: Lawrenceville Personal Injury & Car Accident Lawyer works with top toxicology experts to testify about the drunk driver’s impairment and how it contributed to your crash.
Are businesses that sell or serve also responsible?
Georgia sometimes holds businesses that serve or sell alcohol responsible for drunk driving accidents. They might be held accountable for negligence resulting in a collision. Businesses that often serve or sell alcohol include:
- Liquor stores
If these or other facilities over-serve a patron who injures a third party, they can be named as defendants or co-defendants. In Georgia, these businesses are legally required to cut off or refuse to sell alcohol to a person who is visibly intoxicated. However, finding these parties requires an investigation. Our Peachtree Corners drunk driving accident lawyer will take steps to determine if a business is also liable for your collision.
Proving your drunk driving claim
You might think it is easy to prove that a person was drunk, but some challenges may arise. Your words and observations are insufficient to prove a claim. You must have evidence that supports your statements. Spaulding will look to uncover the necessary evidence for your case. We will first review whether the diver was convicted of DUI in criminal court.
While a conviction helps, it is not the only thing that can prove your case. Other evidence we can uncover includes the following:
- Witness testimony
- Video Footage
- Toxicology reports
- Police reports
When authorities arrive at the scene, they will assess the drivers involved. If they suspect a driver is intoxicated, they will conduct various tests to confirm. Some of these will be chemical tests that we can use for your claim. After you prove liability, you must then prove damages. To prove damages, you will need evidence such as:
- Medical bills
- Pay statements
- Pain journals
- Medical records
- Estimated future losses
- Expert testimony
Your Peachtree Corners drunk driving accident lawyer will assess these documents and ask you for additional ones to help build your case.
What to do to help your drunk driving claim
After an intoxicated driver strikes you, it is normal to feel scared and confused about your options and what you should do next. The first thing you must do is call 911 and get emergency responders to assess you. After this, you must take additional steps such as:
- Gather evidence at the scene
- Medical evaluation by healthcare providers
- Stay off social media
- Get legal assistance
- File an insurance claim
We know that some drunk driving victims suffer debilitating injuries making these processes difficult. You should only gather evidence at the scene if you physically can. Ideally, you would collect witness information and pictures of the vehicles and surroundings. You will also want photos of your injuries immediately following the crash.
Legal options for Peachtree Corners drunk driving accidents
While the most common legal action you can take is to file an insurance claim, some situations can fall into other categories. Legal options that can apply to your case include the following:
- Workers’ compensation claims if you were working when you were hit
- Filing an independent insurance claim
- Filing an insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurer
- Pursuing a civil drunk driving accident lawsuit
Sometimes you may have to use several options to get adequate compensation for your injuries and losses. Many insurance policies have limits, and when these limits are exhausted, you might not get more unless you pursue other avenues. Our Peachtree Corners drunk driving accident lawyer can help determine the best course of action.
Types of damages you can pursue
Insurance coverage will provide some payment for your losses up to their limits. If you suffer a life-altering injury, you may need to recover additional damages through other sources. Some of the damages you can pursue include:
- Lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Mental anguish
- Property damage
Often the driver’s insurance policy is sufficient to cover these losses. Other times it is not. Additionally, you must also account for future estimated losses. While the insurance company can be willing to reimburse you for your prior losses, they may not be very forthcoming with future expenses. When there is insufficient coverage, you may need to file a lawsuit. Spaulding Injury Law will help you decide when the time is right to file a lawsuit.
Stay within time limits
When thinking about pursuing a lawsuit, you must consider various deadlines. All personal injury lawsuits will generally have two-year time limits. This deadline starts from the accident date. There are some exceptions to this time limit, but you must speak to your Peachtree Corners drunk driving accident lawyer regarding how these deadlines apply to your case. Once a deadline passes, you can lose your rights to obtain compensation.
Aside from state deadlines, there are also insurance deadlines to consider. You should not worry about these deadlines while you are trying to heal. Instead, let Spaulding Injury Law submit everything on time for you.
Schedule an initial consultation today
The best thing you can do after a drunk driving accident is to contact an attorney. You want someone advocating for you. We will work to recover the total amount of compensation for your case. The experience of Peachtree Corners drunk driving accident lawyer from Spaulding Injury Law is here for every step. You can schedule a consultation by contacting us by phone or online.
Visit Our Drunk Driving Accident Office in Peachtree Corners, GA
We help victims inside the Gwinnett County Area and our firm is conveniently located near Peachtree Corners. We have an office in Lawrenceville at 223 Scenic Hwy S #202 Lawrenceville, GA