Most people know that driving can be as dangerous. But, they may not know that the vast majority of all car accidents are caused by the human actions. These actions can be intentional, accidental or just plain reckless.
One of the most reckless things a driver can do is operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating substance, whether it is a legal prescription, alcohol or an illegal drug. In Georgia, drunk driving accidents account for 25 percent of all fatal traffic accidents. Not only does driving under the influence carry with it criminal penalties, but it also opens the door for punitive damages in civil cases.
My firm prides itself on helping our clients get back on their feet as quickly as possible. Many times recovering damages from a drunk driver means going up against the driver's insurance company. Working out a fair settlement that covers the victim's damages can be the first and last step. A settlement can save time and money by eliminating the need for a trial. But, not every settlement offer is fair, and sometimes even with negotiations an agreement can't be reached and the case has to be taken to trial.
Having years of experience working for and against insurance companies, my firm knows what cases to take to trial and what a fair recovery is for our clients. My firm strives to make sure our clients are fully compensated for their injuries, which can include compensation for pain and suffering and other factors, in addition to the more common tangible damages.