When you have been injured in an DWI or DUI crash in Georgia, turn to accident attorneys with experience in cases like yours.
DUI accident cases are not the same as other traffic incidents. If you are the victim of an Atlanta area hit-and-run or a car accident in which DUI arrest records prove the other driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you have a strong case for collecting damages, but it’s unfortunately common for a drunk driving victim to collect much less than is possible. At the Law Offices of Shane Smith, our personal injury lawyers have seen cases like yours before. We want to help you.
Why Would a Drunk Driving Victim Collect Less Than What Is Deserved?
Many DWI and DUI crash victims and their lawyers fail to take advantage of the rulings and evidence—DUI arrest records included—from the offender's criminal trial. Victims often just want closure, so they take the minimum allowable payout from insurance and move on. But that can leave injury victims less than satisfied or properly compensated. At the Law Offices of Shane Smith, our accident attorneys counsel patience to our metro Atlanta area victims of DWI/DUI accidents.
We advise you to wait to collect on your claim until after the criminal trial. Allow us to complete our investigation in order to maximize the value of your case. If you are seeking closure, a civil trial provides a better setting to lay your emotional pain to rest.
Attorneys with the Experience to Give the Advice You Need
After a serious car crash, drunk driving victim attorney Shane Smith can advise you about testifying in a criminal trial. He will explain your options and help you understand the legal process, including the ways your attorney can use evidence from the criminal DUI arrest records and trial to maximize your benefit in civil court.
Accident and incident reports reveal the drunk driver's blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of the accident, but they don't reveal the DUI offender's past history. That history comes to light during the criminal trial, and it may determine whether the criminal court judge orders the defendant to pay punitive damages.
That means in the course of a criminal trial, the judge may order civil damages paid to the victim that are separate from and in addition to the damages claimed in a civil trial. Punitive damages may be awarded to you even if you are not injured in the accident.
After a crash in Georgia, a drunk driving victim may sue for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
A prior offender may be ordered to pay higher damages, which is why, as your lawyer, Shane Smith will advise you to wait until the DUI arrest records are obtained.
We let you make the decisions in your case. Shane is a long-time Georgia resident and is active in his community. As a personal injury lawyer, he believes in advocating for and informing his fellow citizens so they have the power to make the right choices.
Using DUI Arrest Records and Trials to Help Georgia Drunk Driving Victims
If you live in the Metro Atlanta area and have been injured in a DWI or DUI car wreck, or your loved one was hurt or killed by a drunk driver, we have many resources to help you, including our free book, I Was Hit By A Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? Call us today at 1-770-HURT-999 (1-770-487-8999) or fill out our online contact form.