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Atlanta DUI Victim Lawyer Describes Differences Between ‘Drunk Driving’ and ‘DUI’

Many accidents are caused by driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These accidents really are no accident at all, but rather are acts of recklessness and negligence. Sadly, drunk driving crashes and DUI wrecks in Georgia and throughout this nation cause injuries and deaths that otherwise could have been avoided if the intoxicated driver hadn’t gotten behind the wheel of his or her vehicle. 

DUI and Drunk Driving: What are the differences?

“Drunk driving” refers to operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. A DUI is a formal charge that refers to operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, or illegal drugs.

While drunk driving crashes have decreased, DUI wrecks have been on the rise—especially with DUI drivers who become high on drugs before getting behind the wheel. Whether intoxicated from alcohol or drugs, a DUI arrest would generate two types of cases: criminal and civil.

In a criminal case, the liability is determined by the state. The person arrested could receive jail time, fines and fees, a driver’s license suspension or revocation, and more penalties. The state of Georgia does not determine the civil case. The civil case is where the Atlanta DUI victim would seek damages for his or her medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and additional areas of loss.

Hurt in a Georgia DUI or Drunk Driving Crash?

If you were injured in an Atlanta drunk driving crash or a DUI wreck, and the at-fault driver was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, then you should speak with an experienced Atlanta DUI victim lawyer for help seeking damages. Allow an attorney to walk with you through this case and help you to start restoring your life.

When a person is convicted of a DUI in Georgia, it substantiates your civil case and allows you to hold the negligent driver and his insurance company responsible for your damages and injuries.

Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith and speak with a caring and experienced Atlanta DUI victim lawyer today to find out more about your case and the best possible outcome for you and your family.

You can reach us at 770-HURT-999 or (866) 979-1629 to receive a free case consultation and a complimentary copy of our book, I Was Hit by a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? The Guide for Victims of Georgia Drunk Driving Accidents.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia