DUI Accident Lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia
Get help if you’ve been in an accident with a driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Although alcohol-impaired driving fatalities have steadily decreased in the past ten years, drunk driving injures hundreds every year in Georgia. The penalty for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol is strict; offenders can receive jail time, hefty fines, and even a suspended license. However, victims involved in drunk driving collisions can pay the price with severe car damage and serious, catastrophic injuries.
If you have suffered due to the negligence of a drunk driver, contact Mulholland & Sutlive, LLC in Atlanta for help. Our personal injury law firm has helped hundreds of Georgia injury victims and their families. Call us today at (678) 783-4370 for a free case evaluation, or read below to understand more about DUI laws, common injuries and more.
Georgia Drinking and Driving Laws: Information to Know
First off, never drink and drive. Even one drink is enough to impair a driver’s reaction time and motor skills. Stay safe, and always ride with a designated driver or get a ride with a driving service.
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
In the state of Georgia, it is illegal for drivers over the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. BAC differs for each person based on gender, weight, and how frequently the individual drinks. Check your approximate blood alcohol content to know your limit, but you should still never operate a vehicle if you are not completely sober.
Open Container Law
Georgia also enforces an “Open Container Law.” It’s prohibited to have an open contain of alcohol inside a moving motor vehicle. This ruling extends to drinks with broken seals or empty containers with trace amounts of alcohol. The state can enforce a strict fine for violating the open container law.
Implied Consent Law
If you are pulled over by a police officer for probable cause that you have been drinking, you are obligated to consent to a breath, blood, or urine test to determine your BAC. Suspected drivers must take the test at the time of the officer’s discretion to accurately test current BAC levels. If you still refuse to take a test and the officer reads you an implied consent notice, you may be faced with legal action in court along with a one-year license suspension.
Common DUI Injuries
In 2014, 290,000 people received an injury due to drunk driving crashes, according to MADD. Sober drivers on the receiving end of crashes usually experience more severe injuries than the drunk drivers. Here are some of the most common injuries:
- Head injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Laceration wounds
- Nerve damage
- Burn injuries
- Blunt force trauma
Drunk driving can even result in the wrongful death of a passenger or passengers in the damaged car.
Contact our Atlanta DUI attorneys if you were injured in an accident that involved a drunk driver. Our law firm will thoroughly examine your case and find evidence to support your claim, interview witnesses, and do our best to help you.
If the facts support your case, you can earn compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation, disability, and other damages. It all starts with a free and confidential call with a member of our legal team, so we can hear your side of the story. Call today at (678) 783-4370 or fill out our online contact form to get started.