Drunk Driving in Atlanta
Don’t try to handle your own case if you were hit by a drunk driver! Many small fender-benders can be taken care of without hiring an attorney, but when DUI is involved you need a professional like the lawyers at MG Law. First, the law on DUI is more complicated. Second, a unique type of damages, “punitive damages”, are involved that do not relate to how badly you were hurt or how expensive the medical bills were. Third, insurance companies will capitalize on your lack of experience and get you to settle for way less than the case is worth.
Drunk drivers are a danger in Atlanta, just as they are everywhere in our state. The news is filled with stories of drunk drivers slamming into innocent motorists and causing serious injuries, sometimes even death. Our city’s exciting nightlife only contributes to the problem.
Those injured by drunk drivers feel a justifiable sense of outrage. How can anyone get behind the wheel of a car after having had a few alcoholic beverages? They also are justifiably concerned about the cost of their medical treatment and their inability to work. Let us help.
Drunk Driving Defined
Georgia law defines drunk driving in OCGA § 40-6-391. It states that a person can commit a DUI if they are in actual physical control of a motor vehicle and
- If they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol to the extent that they become a less safe driver
- If their alcohol concentration is 0.08 or higher
As you can see, a driver does not need to blow a certain score on a breathalyzer test. So long as drugs or alcohol have impaired the driver, then he can be charged and convicted of DUI.
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