What should I do if I am involved in an accident with a drunk driver?
The first thing you should do is make sure that you call the police and you have a police report. When calling the police, let the dispatcher know that you suspect the driver is intoxicated. You should also make sure you have the name, contact information, and insurance information for the other driver. Also make sure you get the contact information for any witnesses, because they may have seen signs of intoxication by the other driver.
How long do I have to pursue a lawsuit against a drunk driver?
The statute of limitations in Georgia for a personal injury lawsuit including injuries from a motor vehicle accident with a drunk driver is two years. However, there are a number of exceptions. For instance, a minor has two years from the time that they turn 18 years old. There can also be other time limits with other factors are involved such as road conditions during construction. Failure to meet a legal time deadline can result in the loss of the right to recover for your injuries and damages.
Who may pursue an action against a drunk driver?
Anyone who is injured by the drunk driver, including any of the following:
- A driver of another motor vehicle
- Passengers in any of the vehicles
- Heirs and personal representatives of anyone who is killed
Are punitive damages available in a drunk driving accident?
Punitive damages are designed to punish particularly egregious conduct and discourage others from engaging in such conduct, and they can potentially be recovered in drunk driving injury cases.
To learn more about your legal rights in these cases, and to get all your questions answered, you need the expert help of an experienced DUI victim attorney in Atlanta. We can help in your time of need.
Call Shane Smith Law today to take action on your case. You can reach us by calling (980) 246-2656 or by filling out the form on this page.