Why Drunk Driving is So Dangerous
Impaired drivers are a clear risk to the public for the following reasons:
- Mistakes of judgment. Someone who is intoxicated might take some risky action that a sober driver would not. For example, a drunk driver might try to make a turn directly in front of oncoming traffic.
- Slowed reflexes. An intoxicated driver might be too slow to hit the brakes, which can lead to a collision.
- Risk of falling asleep. Alcohol is a depressant and can lead to intense drowsiness. When a driver falls asleep, they can veer into oncoming traffic or drive off the road.
- Anger. Some people are angry drunks. The risk of road rage and aggressive driving tactics increase when some people consume alcohol.
Other drunk drivers are a risk for leaving the scene of the accident because they know they have broken the law and fear getting caught. Instead of calling the police or helping injured victims get medical care, these drunk drivers hit the gas pedal, leaving injured people behind to fight for themselves.
Differences between Criminal and Civil Cases
A personal injury lawsuit is a type of civil suit, which is distinct from the criminal DUI case against the driver. In fact, a defendant does not have to be criminally convicted of drunk driving for our clients to be successful in our claim. There are many reasons for this, such as the lower burden of proof in a civil case, which is “preponderance of the evidence” instead of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
Also, a motorist is responsible for damages if they were negligent, which can exist even if they were not legally intoxicated. Someone drinking while driving could be distracted, for example, which might be enough to hold them at fault for the collision.
Contact a McDonough Drunk Driving Lawyer at MG Law
Drunk driving collisions are often more complicated than other types of car accidents. At MG Law, our team has helped many people following a drunk driving crash. To start your case, contact a member of our team today for a free consultation and please avoid delay. Georgia law gives victims a limited amount of time to sue for compensation.