Drunk Driver Accident Victim
In the age of rideshare options such as Uber and Lyft, drunk driving should not still exist. However, the statistics show otherwise. Every day, more than two dozen people are killed by drunk driving in the United States alone. Many others are left with catastrophic injuries. They may be disabled from a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. Some are disfigured from burns and scars. They may suffer from mobility issues, making it hard for them to work or engage in daily activities.
Drunk driving affects the lives of many victims and their families. If you have been affected, the Decatur personal injury lawyers at Shiver Hamilton Campbell can help you get the compensation from the negligent driver.
Georgia Drunk Driving Laws
Like most states, the legal limit in Georgia is a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08. A driver who is at or above this level can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). A DUI comes with many consequences. A driver can have their driver’s license suspended for a period of one year. On top of that, they can face 12 months in jail as well as a fine of $1,000. The minimum consequences are 24 hours in jail and a $300 fine, as well as 40 hours of community service and one year of probation.
Drunk driving is a misdemeanor, but as you can see, the punishment is very strict. Therefore, it’s best to avoid driving while intoxicated. Use a rideshare service or get a ride from a friend or family member. It’s not worth the risk.
Why Drinking and Driving is Dangerous
Alcohol is a sedative. It causes the body to relax, which leads to impaired judgment and coordination. It affects a person’s vision as well as their decision-making skills. Drunk drivers are unable to make quick decisions, causing them to get into serious accidents.
Drunk driving can cause a person to injure not only themselves, but other people as well. In fact, many drunk driving accidents end in fatality. Having to live with the fact you seriously injured or killed someone can really take its toll emotionally. Those who survive are often left with long-term or even lifelong injuries. These injuries can be debilitating, severely affecting a person’s life in many ways.
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Alcohol consumption is never a good idea before driving. It can cause a lot of negative effects, including a lack of judgment and slow reactions. These effects can lead to a serious or even fatal crash.
If you have been a victim of a drunk driving accident, seek legal help from the Decatur lawyers at Shiver Hamilton Campbell right away. You have just two years to file a claim for compensation, so don’t delay. We can help hold the drunk driver accountable for their actions. They can face criminal and civil actions for their lack of judgment. To schedule a free consultation with our office, call (877) 215-6111 or fill out the online form.