In Georgia, too many fatal accidents have been attributed to the consumption of alcohol. All too often, drivers get behind the wheels of their vehicles and drive drunk. At Shane Smith Law, we feel that there is nothing more negligent than drivers choosing to operate their vehicles after consuming alcohol and becoming impaired.
When an alcohol-related accident in Georgia claims an innocent life, the victim’s family has a right to file a wrongful death lawsuit to collect monetary damages due to a driver’s negligence. In cases in which people choose to drink and then drive vehicles, it is usually not difficult to prove that a driver was driving drunk and reckless. Thus, victims’ families can pursue wrongful death claims against that driver and his or her insurance company for damages.
However, other parties can be sued in Georgia wrongful death cases, such as restaurants, bars, retail stores, and liquor stores. If an employee served or sold alcohol to a person who was obviously intoxicated, they can be held liable under dram shop laws for the deadly collision, as well. Additionally, social host laws can hold the host of a party liable for serving a guest too much alcohol and letting that person drive home. Sometimes, other parties, such as counties and cities, could be held accountable.
People need to be held accountable for their actions, and our Norcross wrongful death attorneys can help you prove that certain parties were responsible for your loved one’s death. Our goal is to help you obtain maximum compensation for everything the fatal accident cost you: funeral expenses, medical bills, property damage, future lost income, loss of companionship, mental anguish, and other losses.
For help with your Gwinnett County wrongful death lawsuit, call the experienced Norcross attorneys at Shane Smith Law at (770) 487-8999 for a free initial case consultation today.