Alpharetta Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys
Helping people injured by drunk drivers
The vast majority of us understand that driving while under the influence of alcohol is against the law. Even with increasingly strict punishments and aggressive enforcement, drunk driving accidents continue to happen.
In fact, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety indicates that there are about 5,000 accidents each year in which alcohol is a factor in our state. Fortunately for victims, Georgia law allows people injured by drunk drivers to hold those drivers legally liable for the injuries they cause.
In addition, in certain cases, the Dram Shop Act may allow a plaintiff to bring an action against the establishment that served the drunk driver alcohol. The best way to determine whether you have a legal claim after an accident caused by a drunk driver is to consult with an Alpharetta injury attorney at Boling Rice LLC as soon as possible.
Working tirelessly to ensure that drunk drivers are held accountable
When people drive under the influence of alcohol, they endanger the lives and well-being of everyone around them. As a result, drunk driving is negligent driving. This means that people injured by drunk drivers will very likely be able to recover for their injuries. Under a legal doctrine known as negligence per se, if a plaintiff is able to show that a defendant was in violation of the law, that defendant will be presumed to have been acting negligently at the time of the collision.
In some cases, however, evidence of intoxication will not be so clear cut. Sometimes, the authorities may fail to breathalyze a suspect, or the defendant’s blood alcohol level will not been above the legal limit. In these situations, a plaintiff will need to present evidence that a defendant was impaired to the extent that his or her judgment or coordination was impaired.
Our attorneys work closely with experts such as toxicologists in order to present evidence of impairment in drunk driving cases. These issues can be even more complicated in cases involving illicit or prescription drugs, and the assistance of an attorney is highly recommended.
Dram Shop Act Liability—What Is It And How It Relates
Georgia law recognizes that establishments that over-serve patrons may also play a role in causing drunk driving accidents. The Dram Shop Act imposes liability on establishments that serve alcohol to a patron who they knew or should have known would be driving.
Dram Shop Act cases are often highly contested, and generally require a large amount of evidence establishing that the establishment knew or should have known that a patron was planning on driving. As a result, it is important for anyone who believes they may have a Dram Shop Act case to consult with an experienced attorney.
Contact an Alpharetta drunk driving accident attorney today for a free consultation
The attorneys of Boling Rice, LLC are dedicated to helping victims of drunk drivers recover for their losses. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (770) 355-0780. If you would prefer to reach us via email, please fill out and submit the free case evaluation form on the top of this page.