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When a Child Suffers Fatal Injuries in a Georgia DUI Accident, Parents Also Suffer

Receiving a phone call to let you know that your child is in the hospital with life threatening injuries caused by an intoxicated driver can shake your world. You may feel furious toward the irresponsible drunk driver. Perhaps even worse, being in the accident with your child but not being able to save him or her can leave you feeling absolutely devastated.

Doctors may have tried to save your child, but the injuries he or she suffered in the wreck were too serious. The shocking reality hits you that you are a parent who has lost a child in a DUI accident. You may find yourself wondering why your son didn’t leave the house earlier, or if your daughter could have taken a different way home. You may be in denial or so devastated from losing your child that you can’t help but think through all of the ‘what ifs’ and your anger toward the drunk driver. 

Knowing that you will never see your son or daughter again seems unnatural. Most parents are not prepared for their child to pass away prior to themselves. Each parent will react differently to the news that their child was a fatal victim of a Georgia DUI accident. Some parents will have physical symptoms of sickness, others will live in denial, and yet others will mourn for years. 

When a child—no matter the age, young or old—is killed in an Atlanta drunk driving crash, it is nothing less than devastating for his or her parents. If you find yourself in this tragic situation, you may be experiencing some of the following things:

  • Constant weakness and feeling worn out
  • Getting sick and having a weak immune system
  • Having aches and pains all over your body
  • Difficulty sleeping or wanting to sleep all the time
  • Vulnerable to falling or having other accidents
  • Wanting to eat all the time 
  • Not wanting to eat
  • Constantly feeling nauseous
  • Unable to concentrate on anything else
  • Wanting to drink alcohol to ease the pain

After a tragic loss like this, you may not feel the same for months or years after the fatal accident. Intense grief manifests itself in different ways, as the list above indicates. Remember that a grieving body works overtime simply to process the grief, so you may feel constantly tired. Although these feelings are normal, it is best to see a doctor if you find it too difficult to cope with your new reality. You also may want to seek support from a counselor or another support organization.

Parents are victims too, and our Atlanta DUI victim lawyers at the Law Offices of Shane Smith help parents seek justice and compensation for their losses. Call us today at 770-HURT-999 for a free consultation with a compassionate attorney who cares and is ready to stand by your side.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia