Georgia Injury Attorneys Fighting For Victims Of Dangerous Drunk Drivers
Most people would never intentionally injure others through an act of violence. But when someone chooses to drive drunk, they do so knowing that others could be injured or killed as a result. Sadly, this is the consequence for thousands of DUI accident victims each year in Georgia and throughout the United States. Criminal punishment is appropriate in these cases, but it is not enough to compensate victims and their families.
If you were seriously injured or lost a loved one because of a negligent drunk driver, our attorneys at Cowan Law Firm, LLC, can help you pursue justice and accountability in civil court. They offer over four decades of combined legal experience as well as a strong track record of success both in and out of the courtroom.
Let Us Help You Seek Maximum Compensation For Your Injuries And Losses
Drunk driving accidents are more likely to result in catastrophic injuries than crashes in which the at-fault party was not impaired. Because of this, the damages awarded can be significantly higher. Our lawyers will conduct a prompt and thorough investigation into your crash and will help you pursue damages for:
- Medical bills (present and future)
- Lost wages from time spent unable to work
- Permanent disability and the costs of necessary adaptations to your home
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced enjoyment of life
- Property damage and loss
Punitive damages are those meant to punish the at-fault party for behavior that was particularly reckless and showed a disregard for the safety of others. They are somewhat rare in Georgia personal injury cases. When they are awarded, however, it is often in connection with a drunk driving accident. Our attorneys can discuss whether punitive damages may be an option in your case.
Others May Be Liable For The Drunk Driving Accident As Well
If you were struck and seriously injured by a drunk driver, blame for the crash lies primarily with the drunk driver. But in some cases, blame may also lie with the person or business that supplied the drunk driver with alcohol.
Like many states, Georgia has a law regarding dram shop liability and social host liability. Dram shop is an old-fashioned term referring to bars and other retail establishments that serve alcohol. A social host is someone who throws a party or otherwise serves alcohol to guests.
There are two situations in which a dram shop or social host can be held liable for injuries caused by a customer or guest who drives drunk:
- Scenario one: They intentionally serve alcohol to someone who is under the age of 21 and they know that this person will soon be driving.
- Scenario two: They intentionally serve alcohol to someone who is clearly and noticeably intoxicated and they know that this person will soon be driving.
When our attorneys investigate the details of the accident that caused your injuries, they will determine whether any additional parties can be held liable under Georgia’s Dram Shop and Social Host Liability Law. Adding additional defendants could increase your potential compensation as well as deter these parties from irresponsibly serving alcohol to others in the future.
What We Offer: Free Consultations And No Fees Until We Win
From our office in Dalton, Cowan Law Firm, LLC, serves clients throughout Georgia. For personal injury claims, our firm offers free initial consultations and contingency fee representation. You pay nothing upfront and we don’t charge any legal fees until and unless we help you recover money. To tell us your story and learn how our experienced attorneys can help, call 706-420-2949 or submit an online contact form.