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Fighting a Drunk Driving Lawsuit through the Atlanta Civil Litigation Process (Part B)

When you’re considering braving the rigors of the civil litigation process in order to file a lawsuit against a driver who caused your accident and was also in violation of Georgia drunk driving law, it’s important to keep in mind that there are a lot of things going on in your case. Personal injury actions against a drunk driver differ from standard personal injury claims, and it’s vital to you, the success of your case, and ultimately your future that you take the time to seek out an Atlanta car accident attorney who has handled DUI personal injury actions before. 

Georgia Accident Statute of Limitations 

Not only is it crucial to select the right attorney, but it’s also imperative that you don’t waste any time in pursuing action against the responsible party who was drunk driving. The law in Georgia, like all other states, has a statute of limitations on personal injury action that limits you time to file a claim, so it’s imperative you seek legal help right away.

In Georgia, the statute of limitations for personal injury is 2 years, which means that after 2 years from the date of the offense against which you wish to take legal action in the pursuit of civil compensation, you’re no longer able to file a claim. You have only 2 years to make a claim, and that’s it. 

There are some exceptions that’ll extend this timeframe, however. For instance, if the person who was injured was younger than 18 at the time of the accident, then he or she has 2 years from the date of his or her 18th birthday to file a claim against the negligent driver. 

Although 2 years may seem like a lot of time, it can take months to compile the evidence necessary to proceed with an accident injury case, so you should reach out to an attorney as soon as you’re able to do so.

Contact an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney

After serious car crashes caused by drunk drivers, you and your family may be dealing with the grief of internal bleeding or other serious injury, loss of a loved one, and financial burdens. During this difficult time it’s easy to get frustrated with your situation – you didn’t deserve to suffer due to the negligence of another!

The personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Shane Smith are lawyers that get it; we know the frustration our clients are experiencing when dealing with insurance companies. 

Many of our clients don’t know how to hire a lawyer, so we offer 2 FREE guides, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? and 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case. Our guides contain valuable information pertaining to spinal cord injury statistics, how to handle filing a claim or lawsuit for serious injuries or wrongful death caused by drunk driving accidents, and how a civil litigation process lawyer can benefit your claim. When you’re ready to get started on your claim, contact us to set up a FREE consultation – 1-770-487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia