Everybody knows that driving drunk is one of the most irresponsible decisions that a person can make. Yet every year thousands of Americans are killed or suffer devastating injuries in drunk-driving accidents nationwide. Georgia is no different – on average, more than 400 people die in alcohol-related accidents every year in Georgia, and even more are injured.
Many survivors of drunk-driving crashes leave hospitals with permanent disabilities that render them unable to work or to enjoy life the same way they did before their accident. Their emotional losses may be irreparable. However, Georgia DUI laws enable victims to receive financial compensation so they can begin to rebuild their lives.
The Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates have zero tolerance for drunk-driving crashes in Georgia. It is our firm’s policy to push DUI cases to the maximum value, and we have a long history of success in doing so. It is our hope that as an active sponsor of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), we can help make a difference in keeping you and your family safe and secure.
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Call our firm or use our online contact form for a free case evaluation. Our mission is to help you get money that can ease some of the financial strain that comes with medical bills, therapy and time off work.
Why should you call the truck accident attorneys of Monge & Associates? Because you want to win.
We also offer 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.
Another promise: If we don’t win, you won’t pay us.
The Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates represent clients in Atlanta, Decatur, Lithonia, College Park, East Point, Stone Mountain, Norcross, Conyers, Riverdale, Duluth, Fayetteville, Loganville and across Georgia and the Southeast.
About Georgia Drunk Driving Accidents
Despite efforts to reduce the number of drunk-driving accidents in Georgia, the number of DUI cases is growing. The Georgia Governor’s Office for Highway Safety reports that 55,102 people were arrested for impaired driving in 2010 – a 525% increase compared to just six years earlier.
More than 5,000 people are injured in Georgia drunk-driving wrecks each year, and fatalities are six times more likely in crashes involving alcohol or drugs than in other motor vehicle accidents. Impaired driving death rates are high in college towns and urban areas, particularly in the Atlanta metro counties. However, many of Georgia’s rural roads are also sites of deadly DUI wrecks because they tend to have narrow lanes, small shoulders, fewer guardrails and more trees and shrubs.
How Georgia DUI Law Helps You
Georgia laws crack down hard on drunk drivers. It is a criminal offense to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher. However, a driver could still be convicted of DUI with a BAC of as low as 0.05 if there is enough proof to determine that he or she was too impaired to operate a vehicle safely at the time of the crash. Here’s why:
Everyone’s body processes alcohol differently. A small woman may begin to feel “buzzed” after just one drink, whereas a 300-pound man might not display visible signs of impairment until he’s downed several drinks. Both of them may never “look drunk” at all. However, they could still have impaired judgment, slower reflexes and poor concentration behind the wheel of a car.
Georgia also allows injured victims to take legal action against bars, liquor stores or other establishments who sold alcohol to a visibly impaired person who later harmed someone in a drunk-driving accident. These “dram shop” claims can help victims obtain more compensation than they might get through other legal channels, but they are legally complex. If you or a loved one was injured in a drunk-driving crash and you think you might have a dram shop claim, the DUI lawyers at Monge &Associates can explain the law to you in detail so that you understand your legal options.
Compensation in Georgia Drunk Driving Crashes
Victims of drunk-driving accidents in Georgia are generally able to recover benefits to cover the many of the financial burdens caused by the accident, such as:
- Medical bills;
- Rehabilitation expenses;
- Lost current and future wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Property damage to the vehicle;
- Rental car reimbursement;
- Amounts paid to someone to perform household duties;
- Costs of long-term nursing care;
- Costs of assistive devices like wheelchairs or walkers;
- Mileage expenses to doctor’s appointments;
- Compensation for scars and disfigurement.
In some circumstances, survivors of drunk-driving crashes may be able to receive punitive damages against the at-fault driver. That is money awarded when it is proven that the DUI offender acted in reckless disregard of the consequences.
Because You Want to Win
The DUI Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates have more than three decades of handling personal injury claims involving drunk-driving accidents. When you put your case in our hands, you can rest assured that we will explore every legal avenue available to make sure you get the money you deserve – and we won’t back down when insurance companies and opposing counsel try to shortchange you.
We’re here to help you win. Call Monge & Associates today or use our online contact form for a free case evaluation.
Remember: If we don’t win, you won’t pay.