For most Georgia families, driving is a necessary part of everyday life. But sadly, hitting the roads is also risky. Each motorist on the road is in danger of being harmed by a reckless driver.
Federal statistics show that more than 30,000 people lose their lives in traffic crashes each year. Thousands of those fatalities have occurred on Georgia roads in tragic car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck crashes and pedestrian accidents. If a reckless driver harmed you or a loved one by driving drunk, speeding or behaving irresponsibly behind the wheel, you have the right to take legal action.
Call the Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates or use our online contact form for a free consultation. Our accomplished group of personal injury attorneys will review your claim and explain all of your legal rights and options. We are committed to representing you aggressively in order to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries, either by settlement or at trial.
Our firm offers a satisfaction guarantee. If you are not 100 percent satisfied with our services during the first 30 days after hiring our firm, your case file and attorneys’ fee will be returned to you with no questions asked.
You will owe us nothing if we do not obtain a recovery on your behalf.
The Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates represents clients across the Southeast and throughout Georgia, including Atlanta, Decatur, Lithonia, College Park, East Point, Stone Mountain, Norcross, Conyers, Riverdale, Duluth, Fayetteville and Loganville.
Reckless Driving in Georgia
Georgia laws (Code 40-6-390) define reckless driving as driving any vehicle in “reckless disregard” for the safety of other persons or property. Some states delineate what specific actions constitute reckless driving, but Georgia’s broad definition means that law enforcement officers and judges have the discretion to determine if the at-fault driver’s actions meet the criteria for reckless driving or not.
Examples of reckless driving might include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI);
- Talking on a cell phone;
- Veering in and out of lanes;
- Passing other cars unsafely;
- Driving too fast for the road conditions;
- Fleeing the scene of an accident;
Reckless driving charges and DUI charges are criminal misdemeanors in Georgia, but those charges may be upgraded to felonies if someone dies or is injured in the accident, or if the driver is a habitual offender. Other aggravating factors might include if there was a child in the car, if the at-fault driver was operating a commercial vehicle or if other reckless behaviors played a role in the wreck.
No Tolerance for DUI
The Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates take DUI offenses seriously and push for the maximum penalty against offenders in drunk driving accidents in Georgia. The firm is a longtime sponsor of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a national organization that seeks to increase awareness of the hazards of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and supports victims of DUI crashes even after a criminal case has ended.
What Is My Case Worth?
Naturally, the victims of Georgia drunk driving and reckless driving accidents want to know how much money they can expect to recover in a personal injury lawsuit. Unfortunately, there is no predictable answer to that question. However, we can give you some general guidelines.
The amount of money awarded will depend on the circumstances of the accident, the driver’s history, the severity of the damage, the nature of the injuries and, in cases where someone is killed, what the long-term consequences will be for the families they left behind.
You may be eligible to receive compensation for:
- Medical bills;
- Cost of hospitalization;
- Rehabilitation expenses;
- Funeral expenses;
- Lost wages (current and future);
- Loss of productivity;
- Amount paid for assistive devices needed as a result of the accident, such as a wheelchair;
- Mileage for trips to and from doctor’s appointments;
- Pain and suffering;
- Inability to perform activities you could do before the accident;
- Scars and disfigurement;
- Punitive damages against the at-fault driver.
Injured By A Reckless Driver or Drunk Driver? Contact Our Accident & Disability Attorneys Now
If you were injured by a reckless driver in Georgia, it is crucial to speak to an attorney right away. Important evidence can get lost in the shuffle of an investigation, which may jeopardize your case and limit your recovery. Call the Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates, or use our online contact form for a free case evaluation. Remember, if we don’t win, you don’t pay us.
Based in Atlanta, the Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates serves clients in Atlanta, Decatur, Lithonia, College Park, East Point, Stone Mountain, Norcross, Conyers, Riverdale, Duluth, Fayetteville, Loganville, across Georgia and throughout the Southeast.