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Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Atlanta, GA

Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Atlanta, GA

A drunk driving accident lawyer serving Atlanta, GA from Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. understands the devastating impact of car accidents caused by a drunk driver.  Any accident can be devastating, but when it is the result of another person’s intentional, reckless, or wrongdoing due to alcohol, the situation will be worse. Medical bills may be in the tens of thousands and working might be impossible. The physical pain may be excruciating and the emotions you’re going through could range from confusion, anger, and stress. The fact of the situation is that you need help and as quickly as possible.  Georgia law allows you to seek more monetary damages against a drunk driver who caused your accident.  

Under Georgia law, you are entitled to be made whole for your injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages.  When a drunk driver causes your accident you also get to seek punitive damages, damages to punish the other party (the drunk driver) for their terrible decision to drive under the influence of alcohol and cause your accident.

If you’re ready to get relief from the burdens of an accident caused by a drunk driver, call Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. today.  404-373-7735.

Fighting For Your Settlement

Our team has helped many victims of DUI drivers whose actions caused them to suffer terrible injuries. Andrew has specialized knowledge of lawsuits involving drunk drivers.  Our lawyers have literally been certified in the same DUI field sobriety testing as the Police Officer who arrested the drunk driver who hit you.

Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. focuses on acquiring substantial settlements for our clients who were injured by drunk drivers who were also under the influence at the time of the accident. Generally speaking with rare exceptions, an expectation in these sorts of cases is to recover the entire insurance policy amount of the drunk driver.  DUI drivers are one of the exceptions to the rule that the more serious the injury, the more likely the victim will need a drunk driving lawyer accident lawyer in Atlanta to represent their best interests. All persons hit by a drunk driver should consult with a drunk driving lawyer. 

Insurance companies will push back against paying out large settlements to you without a lawyer. Georgia law has special protections for those hit by a Drunk driver and increased monetary damages in these lawsuits.   Andrew Lynch understands the steps that are necessary to undertake in order to build a case against a drunk driver, find the evidence, and secure fair compensation for your damages. If you were injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, contact Attorney Andrew Lynch to request a free consultation.

Elements of a DUI Personal Injury Case

A number of criteria, referred to by lawyers as legal elements must be met in order for an injury victim to be eligible to receive a settlement from the person directly responsible for their injury. The challenges of a personal injury case are largely based on Georgia law and how it applies to the facts of your case. Success is often dependent on having a skilled lawyer representing you, the victim. 

At Andrew R. Lynch, P.C., our lawyers have the experience and resources necessary for handling even the most complex of cases.  Andrew Lynch has over a decade of specialized legal knowledge and experience in the courtrooms of Georgia dealing with Georgia law as it applies to drunk drivers and the damages their actions cause innocent people. Every case is different, but the following criteria must be met:

  • A car accident occurred, and the victim’s lawyer can prove that the other driver was responsible, at fault, for causing the accident.
  • The car accident resulted in the victim sustaining a serious injury. This is usually done through the lawyer receiving a complete copy of your medical records and consulting the appropriate medical experts to support your case.
  • Additional proof, such as police reports that the other driver was DUI and caused the accident, as well as physical evidence at the accident scene, can be critical for establishing liability. The victim’s lawyer must provide proof that the other driver is liable and that there is a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not) the other driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the point they were not safe to drive on the roads of Georgia.
  • The victim’s lawyer must detail their client’s damages and the associated costs of each. Proof of these costs must also be provided. These damages are what is referred to as special damages, damages we can put an exact dollar amount on.   Damages such as pain and suffering are more difficult to assign values because of course there are no receipts. These damages under Georgia law are determined by the “enlightened conscience” of your jury.  This phrase basically means the amount is what your twelve jurors collectively assign to your case.   Testimony from the victim’s professional caregivers, medical providers, including psychologists, friends, and family members will be considered by the jury.
  • Finally, unlike almost all other personal injury cases, a victim of a DUI accident may seek punitive damages without any limit against a Drunk Driver.  This simply means a jury in your case will not only consider the monetary value of what you went through but also if there should be additional monetary damages beyond what they believe your case is worth to deter the Drunk Driver from making future bad choices like the one that brought your case to court.

A Georgia drunk driving lawyer accident lawyer will consider the specifics of each case to determine what evidence of damages can be submitted as proof. After the victim’s lawyer submits the above information to the negligent driver’s insurance carrier or a Georgia Trial Court, the latter will do one of the following:

  1. Reimburse the victim in full for their damages as specified in the claim. This rarely happens unless the damages are fairly small.
  2. Offer the victim a settlement amount for less than the claim specifies. This is very common, especially when the damages are significant.
  3. Deny the claim altogether. Sadly, this is also common, even when the claim is valid.

At Andrew R. Lynch, P.C., our goal is simple, we want to get the best monetary outcome for you personally.  When we (the lawyer and you) collectively believe the insurance company has undervalued your case, we sue.  We will take the case to court.

Common Personal Injury Cases We Handle

Our lawyers handle a broad range of drunk driving and personal injury cases and have successfully recovered millions in damages.  We have more experience with DUI accident cases than almost all law firms in Georgia.  Attorney Andrew Lynch has specialized training in DUI cases and prior to working with DUI victims, worked in a specialized DUI Treatment Court within the DeKalb County Court System.

Car Accidents

Technology continues to make vehicles safer; however, every day in Georgia there are inevitably accidents. An error on the part of the driver is often the cause of the accident, especially if that person is driving under the influence of alcohol. A drunk driving accident lawyer at our firm is well versed in these types of accidents, the insurance companies involved, and how to maximize damages. Common car accidents caused by drunk driving cases include:

  • Hit and run accidents
  • Fatal accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Uninsured motorist claims
  • Rideshare accidents (Lyft and Uber)
  • Rear end crashes
  • Improper Lane Change wrecks

Bicycle Accidents

Riding a bicycle is increasing in metro Atlanta, but this has also increased the number of accidents. Our firm is committed to holding drunk drivers responsible for their negligent actions whenever they cause anyone a serious injury.  When a cyclist is injured the injuries are almost always severe. Once a drunk driving accident lawyer is able to prove that a drunk driver caused your bicycle to crash, we will be ready to pursue a better outcome with the drunk driver’s insurance company whether in pre-suit settlement, mediation, or trial. Bike accident cases involve different facts, but include:

  • Sideswipe
  • Turning vehicles
  • Pulling out of a driveway
  • Lane sharing
  • Dooring
  • Wrongful death

Too Many Drunk Driving Accidents Are Caused by Intoxicated Teens

Driving under the influence of alcohol (or any intoxicating substance) significantly increases a motorist’s risk for being involved in car accidents and causing injuries. The legal standard in Georgia is did the alcohol cause the driver to be less safe than they otherwise would have been if sober.  This is particularly true for teen drivers, who are more likely to be involved in serious and potentially fatal collisions than any other age group. 

To help raise awareness of the very real dangers, Georgia police have been aggressively working on outreach efforts that focus on the consequences of drunk driving and the effects that can happen when a collision occurs. If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a teen drunk driver, you’re all too aware of how life-altering such collisions can be. 

Navigating the aftermath of a drunk driving accident can be complex, particularly when the individual who caused the accident is young. You might be concerned that pursuing legal action could ruin this individual’s future. Know that civil actions (lawsuits) are different from the criminal punishment of the drunk driver. Speaking with an experienced Atlanta, GA drunk driving accident lawyer at the firm of Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. can help to clarify your rights and options. You probably can secure monetary damages regardless of whether you’re eager to hold the drunk driver criminally responsible for the harm you’ve suffered or if you are generally wary of legal action.

Teens and Drunk Driving

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that car accidents are a leading cause of death among teenagers, and the use of alcohol is one of the leading contributing causes. In roughly a quarter of all car accidents impacting those between the ages of 15 and 20, the driver had been drinking in the time period before the accident. One out of every five had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of at least .08 blood-alcohol percent.  Georgia DUI law sets the legal limit for under 21-year-old drivers at .02 blood alcohol percent.

Alcohol abuse is a significant problem among young people, who are more inclined to engage in binge drinking than their older counterparts. Due to their age, size, and emotional development, the effects of alcohol on teenagers tend to be more exaggerated. Our firm’s drunk driving accident lawyers understand how to build a case in light of these facts. Similarly, our firm is experienced in negotiating with insurance companies in light of the knowledge that a drunk driver caused the accident in question. As you likely know, drunk driving can have the following effects on driving behavior:

  • Decreased inhibitions, making reckless driving behaviors, such as running stop signs and racing other vehicles, more likely.
  • Lack of concentration, causing them to be more easily distracted by passengers and electronic devices.
  • Lack of coordination, which can impair their ability to perform basic tasks associated with driving.
  • Poor judgment, making them more likely to go over the speed limit and to not wear seat belts.

Peer pressure is another area in which teens are at greater risk than adults. Teens are less likely to confront a friend who may have had too much to drink. They are also more inclined to just ‘go along with the crowd’, getting into the car with someone who is obviously drunk even though they know it is dangerous.

How the Mind Responds to Being a DUI Victim

When we think of our bodies, we imagine what they are made of: tissues, bones, ligaments, organs, blood, oxygen, and so much more. We may not immediately consider our thoughts and feelings to be a part of our body, but they surely are, despite being intangible. Your lawyer may inquire about how your mental health has been since being hit by a drunk driver. The human mind is a complex rid of connections, hormones, and neurons, much like a busy street with cars and honks and suddenly changing lights. But, everything goes relatively smoothly until there is a kind of disturbance. 

After the stress of a traumatic event, the body gets flooded with cortisol, a stress hormone. Because the body is unable to sustain this state, it will eventually calm itself in minutes, hours, or days. It is very common to have some degree of stress after a serious accident. If anxiety or depression and other mental health symptoms do not go away shortly afterwards, then it may be necessary to get help from a therapist. There should be no embarrassment or shame in this, as your mental health is a part of you that deserves to feel well. 

Be sure to notify your lawyer if you are struggling mentally after a recent accident, so costs for a therapist or other treatment can be included in your settlement amount. Symptoms of emotional distress include: 

  • Withdrawal from human contact and social events
  • Not being able to feel enjoyment from everyday activities or hobbies
  • High levels of anxiety, stress, and tension
  • Mood swings with anger, guilt, or frustration
  • Disrupted sleep patterns (insomnia)
  • Depressive moods or episodes
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder response
  • New developed fears (such as being in a car or otherwise related to accident)

If you are suffering because of mental trauma due to the accident, then you must seek help from a mental health professional immediately. Mental pain should be treated seriously just like physical pain. Allowing your mental health to deteriorate can result in other issues such as problems in relationships, workplace conflicts, and inability to function normally in life. 

The first step on getting care for mental health challenges after being hit by a drunk driver is acknowledging that you could use some extra support. Mental health can take time to heal. Your therapist will guide you in the best ways in recovering from and managing your mental struggles. If you have already been seeing a therapist and have found yourself wanting to discuss the accident, then this may qualify you for reimbursement for your counseling sessions. Be sure to discuss this with your lawyer. 

Local Outreach Efforts

Teen drivers pose a risk to themselves, as well as to other drivers on the road. To combat the problems, local police departments across Georgia conduct DUI checkpoints (roadblocks) and outreach efforts with local high schools. Many departments use a DUI crash trailer, which contains an actual vehicle involved in a fatal DUI accident. This allows students to see the real damages these accidents can cause.  It is an image law enforcement hopes will stick with them the next time they think of drinking and getting behind the wheel. It doesn’t always help to know that the newest generation of drivers is being educated on this subject when you’ve already been harmed by one. 

However, some accident victims take comfort in the knowledge that local officials are committed to combating this issue. Either way, know that our drunk driving accident lawyers are here to listen to your story and help advise you of your options according to your unique circumstances.

Georgia Dram Shop Liability Law

Under Georgia’s dram shop laws, if an establishment serves a drunk person alcohol and that person gets in the vehicle and causes an accident, the victim can sue that establishment. The word “dram” is used to refer to a measure of alcohol. The dram shop law can apply to bars, nightclubs, pubs, restaurants, taverns, music venues, liquor stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, or any other business that has a license to sell alcohol. In order to be successful, a drunk driving accident lawyer would need to prove the following elements:

  1. The establishment sold alcohol to the at-fault drunk driver and the driver drank that alcohol.
  2. The alcohol that the establishment sold to the driver caused their inebriation.
  3. The at-fault driver was legally drunk at the time of the crash.
  4. The victim sustained injuries as a result of that crash.
  5. The victim has suffered economic and/or non-economic losses as a result of their injuries.

An establishment can be held liable whether the at-fault driver consumed all the alcohol that caused their intoxication at the establishment or if they came into the establishment already drunk and were still served alcohol. One of the purposes of dram shop laws is to make these business owners and their employees aware of the consequences if they over-serve a customer and that customer is driving.

Georgia’s Social Host Liability Law

Georgia also allows victims to sue private citizens in third-party drunk driving claims. If the at-fault drunk driver was at someone’s home and drank alcohol to the point of being intoxicated – either alcohol the host provided or alcohol they brought to the home – and the host allowed the driver to get into their vehicle and drive away drunk, then the victim can sue that host. Both the Georgia dram shop law and social liability law also can be applied to establishments that serve alcohol to minors.

Pursuing Damages

Third-party drunk driving lawsuits can be complex because of the elements that need to be proven in order to be successful. This is why victims should seek out the help of a skilled Atlanta, GA drunk driving accident lawyer from the Andrew R. Lynch, P.C.. Call our office to learn more.

 Reach Out to Us Today for Help

Accidents caused by drunk drivers are devastating events, leaving victims and their loved ones struggling to recover both physically and emotionally. If you or someone you care about is involved in this type of accident, contact an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer for help. Our firm looks forward to speaking with you… no matter how you’re feeling about the process of filing legal action in the wake of your accident.

Just like other types of car accidents, victims of drunk driving accidents can pursue damages against the drunk driver who caused the crash. But what many victims may not be aware of is that victims may also be able to bring a lawsuit against the business or party that served the driver the alcohol. Georgia law allows drunk driving accident victims to sue third parties for the losses their injuries cause. Our law firm is ready to help you.

3 Myths About Drunk Driving

Drunk driving collisions are entirely avoidable — by refusing to get behind the wheel after even a single drink, you can prevent any dangerous DUI-related events you might have caused. Unfortunately, harmful myths are constantly spreading misinformation about driving while intoxicated, and some of these myths might have you convinced that there are safe ways to do so. Before you have to call the best drunk driving accident lawyer in Atlanta, GA, take a look at these common drunk driving myths and the hard truth behind them.

Myth 1: Food Can Sober You Up Faster

Many people believe that eating food (especially heavy carbs) can undo the effects of alcohol and help the body sober up more quickly. Food does impact the way alcohol is processed in your body, but the results are not enough to help you drive safely. Having food in your stomach helps slow down the rate at which your body breaks down alcohol, but it doesn’t make an impact on intoxication. If you’re already buzzed, tipsy or drunk, a snack or big meal isn’t going to change your blood alcohol content.

Caffeine follows a similar anatomical process, so a pot of coffee won’t change your level of intoxication either. The brief stimulating effects of coffee aren’t enough to overpower alcohol, so keep this in mind before you need a drunk driving accident lawyer in Atlanta, GA.

Myth 2: A Few Drinks Won’t Impair You

You may have heard it before: “I’ve only had a few drinks. I feel fine!”. While you may not feel any different after having a couple of beers, your body is experiencing a major slowdown. This is because alcohol is a depressant; one beer is enough to slow the activity of your central nervous system, which can lead to drowsiness, impaired vision and a reduction in concentration. What’s more, your slowed nervous system causes a decrease in reaction time, which can mean life or death in split-second instances of danger.

Myth 3: A Cold Shower Can Help You Focus

It’s common for people to splash their faces with icy water or jump in a cold shower to try and wake themselves up after drinking. Unfortunately, there is no scientific basis behind this, as cold water doesn’t do anything to change your blood alcohol content. Processing alcohol is your liver’s job, so changing the temperature or even restricting the blood vessels on the outside of your body won’t make an impact. The same principle applies to rolling down the windows while you drive — a chilly breeze might give you a brief second wind, but it isn’t going to help your body flush out alcohol.

There is no secret trick to sobering up in time to get behind the wheel. Alcohol is metabolized at a rate of roughly 1 standard drink per hour, so the only cure for intoxication is rest and time. If you’re thinking about drinking and driving, remember that your decision could mean the difference between getting home safely and needing a drunk driving accident lawyer in Atlanta, GA.

Choose Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. to Represent You

You do not have to be the victim of negligence by a drunk driver. By law, if negligence caused, or partly caused an illness or injury you can recover money damages for what you have experienced. Every case is different and will require a unique approach in order to ensure all of your rights and options are protected. You should only choose the best legal representation on your side. To schedule a consultation with a GA drunk driving accident lawyer in Atlanta, call Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. today!