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Georgia DUI Accident Attorney Shane Smith Discusses Georgia’s DUI Memorial Fund

Caleb DUI Accident Attorney Shane Smith Explains How Families of Deceased Georgia DUI Accident Victims Can Pay Tribute to their Loved One

Losing a loved one from a drunk driving accident caused by a reckless driver who chose to drink and drive is extremely sad and frustrating. Nothing will bring back your loved one and you will always hold memories and keep your loved one close to your heart.

Georgia’s DUI Memorial Fund

The State of Georgia, through the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, enables families of fatal victims of Gwinnett County DUI auto accidents to memorialize their family members near the scene of fatal Georgia DUI accidents. The DUI Memorial Fund provides a memorial sign at the scene of the fatal DUI crash. Families can have this done in honor of their family member by filling out an application to the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program and after an application is approved, the Georgia Department of Transportation will create a new, personalized sign and place it near the accident scene.

Am I Eligible?

Eligibility is determined with the following criteria:

  • If your family member has been killed in the State of Georgia and the fatal DUI accident occurred on a state highway;
  • The at-fault party must have been charged with vehicular homicide due to a violation of O.C.G.A. § 40-6-391; and
  • The DUI Memorial Fund only honors claims for accidents that have occurred on or after May 13, 2004.

How Does the Application Process Work?

The application must be filled out completely and either mailed or faxed to the DUI Memorial Fund. Once the application is approved, the family will be notified and informed of where the memorial sign will be placed.

This DUI Memorial Fund is setup by the State of Georgia to give families a sense of closure. Along with this program, your loved one and your family also deserves to have closure over this tragedy. Depending on the circumstances you may have a legal claim against the responsible party for the reckless and negligent death of your loved one. However, the only way to see what legal rights you are entitled to will be determined by a Georgia DUI accident attorney. Speaking with your Gwinnett County DUI accident attorney will let you explain what happen, have your records examined to see if you do have a personal injury claim. Call (770) 487-8999 today!


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia