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If a driver’s BAC was over .08, am I entitled to more compensation for my accident injuries?

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You should receive compensation for the injuries you sustained as a Georgia DUI victim. These damages will likely include property damages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, lost income, psychological costs, loss of enjoyment of life, and other damages. 

Your compensation will be determined based on the extent of injuries you suffered and the length of time you will be out of work. For example, people with permanent losses and disabilities will receive more compensation than those who have suffered minor injuries. However, you may be entitled to punitive damages, which would need to be pursued in civil court. 

Punitive damages can significantly increase the amount of compensation you receive. These damages are designed to punish drunk drivers who injure people as a result of driving intoxicated. However, punitive damages are not the only punishment drunk drivers are faced with. Those who cause a crash when they are legally intoxicated are prosecuted by the state in criminal court to receive their punishment, which typically includes a fine, license suspension, probation, and possible jail time. 

As a Georgia drunk driving accident victim, you may be entitled to more than what the insurance company is telling you. To make sure you receive the maximum compensation in your case, you should speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer who is looking out for your best interests. Unfortunately, insurance companies only have their bottom line in mind and are looking for ways to save money, even if it is at your expense. 

In order to get the amount of compensation that is fair, you may need to pursue a civil case. Call a skilled Peachtree City accident attorney today at the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation at (770) 487-8999

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia