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My teenage daughter was injured in a Georgia drunk driving accident. The accident occurred after she knowingly got into a car with a friend who was drunk. My daughter sustained serious injuries. Does she have any rights?

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Yes. If a passenger in a vehicle driven by a drunk driver is injured in an Atlanta drunk driving accident caused by the driver's negligence, the passenger may file a Georgia DUI injury claim against the impaired driver. However, the insurance company or jury may decide your daughter is partially at fault for her injuries because she willingly got into the motor vehicle with her friend who was intoxicated.
However, this decision will depend on the circumstances. Did your daughter choose to ride with the friend because she had no other way home? Or, was she also intoxicated? Even if your daughter is found to be partly at fault, the majority of the fault belongs to the intoxicated driver who got behind the wheel. Your daughter is entitled to insurance compensation for her injuries.
To learn more about your rights after a drunk driving accident in Georgia, request a free copy of Atlanta DUI victim attorney Shane Smith’s book, I Was Hit By A Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? If you have additional questions or would like to discuss a Georgia drunk driving injury case, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 866-979-1629 and ask to speak with an Atlanta DUI victim attorney. The initial consultation is free.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia