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Steps in a DUI Injury Claim after an Accident with a Drunk Driver in Georgia (Part A)

If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver, you may be considering filing a lawsuit or DUI injury claim to pursue the possibility of recovering damages. An Atlanta car wreck lawyer can handle the process of filing your claim so that you can focus on healing and getting on with your life. 

Why File a DUI Injury Claim

Approximately 40 percent of all fatal auto accidents in Georgia and the rest of the United States are the result of drinking and driving to some extent, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 person dies every 45 minutes as the result of an alcohol-impaired driver’s decision to get behind the wheel. 

The devastation of a Georgia accident with a drunk driver can leave a hole in the lives of your family members and all those who are affected by it. While financial compensation can’t heal the emotional and psychological damage afflicted by a DUI-related injury, it can provide for the real costs that such a tragedy  creates for a family or individual. 

At the scene of the accident, call 911. If the accident was serious or if anyone was hurt, notify the operator who answers and request emergency medical respondents. 

Don’t leave the scene of the accident until you have spoken with the police and receive medical attention. If you have a camera or a camera in your cellphone, try to take as many photos of the accident scene as you can, including the general area and the damage to both vehicles. Write down the names and contact information of potential witnesses and request a copy of the police report that details the accident.

Before filing a lawsuit, call an attorney as soon as possible after an accident with a drunk driver to facilitate the process of getting your DUI injury claim moving, so contact an Atlanta car wreck lawyer who has handled cases like yours before. 

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Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia