When a drunk driver causes a crash, the intoxicated driver may endure penalties, fines, or even serve jail time. That driver has to live with the reckless decision of driving drunk, injuring or killing an innocent motorist, and the punishment of a criminal record. However, the victim and victim’s family face their own set of challenges.
Being involved in a serious drunk driving accident in Georgia is a nightmare for victims. Oftentimes, that nightmare never ends. Some victims replay the crash in their minds over and over again, whether they are awake or asleep.
Additionally, Atlanta DUI victims frequently suffer serious and even debilitating injuries that they may have to deal with for the rest of their lives. They may be faced with expensive surgeries, ongoing medical treatment, long-term rehabilitation, prescription medication costs, and more.
While the drunk driver’s sentence eventually comes to an end after paying the fines and adhering to jail time and other punishments, the DUI victim’s sentence never ends. It isn’t fair that a crash victim has to deal with the new reality of being injured. He or she should not have to pay a single dime of the costly medical bills associated with his or her injuries.
If a victim’s injuries are so severe that the victim cannot work, or if a family member has to take care of the crash victim, then the victim’s lost income or that of the family member also should be compensated.
If you have been affected physically and financially due to a drunk driver, you and your family should not have to suffer alone. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 for a free consultation with a Georgia DUI victim lawyer today.