Tragedy on the Roads
In the early morning hours of January 24, 2015, Keith Smith drove his car in the wrong direction on I-85 south and caused a fiery collision in which he was killed. At the time, Mr. Smith had a controlled substance in his pants pocket, and may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Fortunately, no other drivers were seriously injured in the collision.
An unfortunate reality of living in a major city such as Atlanta, Athens, Lawrenceville, or Macon is the presence of a large number of drivers who operate their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Last year alone, the Atlanta Police Department made 602 arrests for DUI. Often, collisions involving a drunk driver do not end with only the person who was DUI being injured; many times, innocent people are severely injured or killed. What makes these tragedies especially sad, is that they often could have been prevented.
What You Can Do to Prevent a DUI Incident
According to Georgia Drunk Driving Prevention, a little thought about how to get home safely can prevent a DUI incident. Before going out, friends should designate a driver who will not drink, or plan to take a taxi service like Uber or Lyft.
In the event that you notice another vehicle on road driving in an erratic manner, you should immediately call 911 and report what you see. When speaking to the 911 operator, you should give as much information about the other vehicle as you can—specifically, the vehicle’s license plate number, make, model, and color. However, under no circumstances should you endanger your own life by attempting to stop the vehicle yourself.
What to Do if you are Injured by a Drunk Driver
If you are injured by a drunk driver, Georgia law allows you to seek monetary damages for your injuries. Additionally, you are allowed to hold the at-fault driver responsible by punishing them with a claim for uncapped punitive damages. O.C.G.A. § 51-12-5.1(f). You may also be able to recover damages from the restaurant, bar, or store that sold the alcoholic beverage to the at-fault driver. O.C.G.A. § 51-1-40.
Being injured by a drunk driver can be one of the worst experiences of a person’s life. While the attorneys at Butler Tobin cannot change the past, they can make it right.
Our Lawyers Help Innocent Victims of Terrible DUI Wrecks
Our firm is currently representing multiple victims who have suffered terrible life-changing injuries because someone chose to drive drunk. We are helping a mother who tragically lost her fiancé and the father to her children to death because of a drunk driver.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, please contact us for a free in-home consultation.