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I was injured in a drunk driving crash in Atlanta. It is obvious that the driver who hit me was at fault. Will I automatically get compensation for all of my damages?

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If you are the victim of a drunk driving accident in Georgia, the drunk driver’s car insurance policy should cover all of your damages. But, this doesn’t guarantee all of your losses will be covered by the settlement the insurance company offers. Insurance companies are businesses and are far more interested in protecting their profits than ensuring Georgia DUI victims get a fair deal.

You should contact the insurance company as soon as possible after the accident, but you should not agree to a settlement until you know the full extent of your injuries. Hospital and doctor bills add up quickly. If you settle too soon, you could end up paying thousands of dollars out of your own pocket.

In order to ensure you get all the compensation you are owed, you should document your injuries and any property damage. Keep any bills you receive. You should also keep track of how much work you have to miss due to the accident. The insurance company should cover your lost wages. For more tips, download Atlanta DUI injury lawyer Shane Smith’s book, I Was Hit By A Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next?

Before you agree to a settlement or sign any papers, have the insurance offer reviewed by an Atlanta DUI injury lawyer. He will let you know whether you are getting a fair deal. To schedule a free initial appointment, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 866-979-1629.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia