If you are the victim of an Atlanta-area car crash 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. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a drunk driving victim to settle for much less than what they are actually owed. At Shane Smith Law, our personal injury lawyers have seen this happen far too many times. Before accepting less than you deserve, talk to our team. We want to help you.
Why Would a Drunk Driving Victim Agree to Less Than They Deserve?
Attorneys for DUI crash victims often fail to take advantage of the rulings and evidence from the offender's criminal trial, including DUI arrest records. Victims often just want closure, so they accept the payout they are offered by the drunk driver’s insurance company and move on. But that can leave injury victims with much less than they deserve—and less than what they will need to begin to repair their lives following a devastating crash. At Shane Smith Law, our accident attorneys advise our Atlanta-area victims of DWI/DUI accidents to be patient.
When you work with us to fight for compensation following a drunk driving crash, we will advise you to wait to collect on your claim until after the criminal trial. We will take time to conduct a complete investigation of the crash and the other driver’s records in order to maximize the value of your case. If you are seeking closure, a civil trial will provide you with the opportunity to lay your emotional pain to rest.
Atlanta Attorneys With the Experience to Give the Advice You Need
After a serious car crash, drunk driving victim attorney Shane Smith will explain your options and help you understand the legal process, including the ways we can use evidence from the criminal DUI arrest and trial to your benefit in civil court. While the police report on your accident may reveal the drunk driver's blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of the accident, it won’t reveal the DUI offender's history. That history comes to light during the criminal trial. By waiting for the criminal trial to conclude before agreeing to compensation, you may find that you are entitled to more damages than you would have been offered before the trial.
After a crash in Georgia, a drunk driving victim may sue for the following damages:
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 criminal trial has concluded. In addition, the criminal court judge may order the defendant to pay punitive damages 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.
We Help Georgia Drunk Driving Victims
Attorney Shane Smith 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 clients of all of their options when they have been injured in a DUI crash. We know you are feeling powerless after a drunk driver turned your life upside down. Our goal is to empower you to make decisions in your case that will benefit you for many years to come.
If you live in the Metro Atlanta 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, What Every DUI Victim Needs to Know. Call us today at 1-770-HURT-999 (1-770-487-8999) or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free initial consultation. We look forward to helping you recover.