Drunk Driving Accidents
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, approximately 25% of traffic fatalities are caused by alcohol-impaired drivers. Not only does this careless act put the driver at risk, but drunk driving also places passengers and every other vehicle on the road at risk.
When impaired drivers get behind the wheel, even pedestrians and bystanders are at risk. If you or a loved one have been injured because of another person’s drunk driving, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Continue reading to learn more from the Atlanta personal injury attorneys Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP about drunk driving accidents.
What Qualifies as Drunk Driving?
Under Georgia law, people who drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over .08% or more are considered to legally “under the influence.” Driving under the influence of alcohol has been proven to result in:
- Decreased coordination
- Slower reaction time
- Hampered judgement
- Impaired depth perception
A good rule of thumb is to never drink and drive; drivers with a BAC as low as .02% have been shown to increase the risk of an accident.
Georgia’s Drunk Driving Laws Are On Your Side
If you or a family member were injured because of a drunk driving accident, Georgia’s laws are on your side. In addition to potentially receiving compensation for physical and financial hardships, you may also be eligible to receive punitive damages if you were injured by a drunk driver.
What Are Punitive Damages in Drunk Driving Accidents?
Punitive or exemplary damages may be awarded in addition to your actual damages. These are designed to compensate the plaintiff for any losses caused by the defendant, while punishing the defendant for their act of negligence. The standard limit for punitive damages in Georgia is set at $250,000, but damages vary widely on a case by case basis.
Contact the Right Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
The Atlanta drunk driving accident attorneys at Kaplan & Lukowski bring decades of experience to a wide array of personal injury cases. If you or a loved one have been injured in a drunk driving accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation.
Contact Kaplan & Lukowski today to receive a free drunk driving accident consultation by completing the online contact form or calling (404) 845-0012.