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Drunk driving accidents can cause injuries, civil claims possible

Drunk driving accidents are defined as any accident in which one of the drivers involved has a blood-alcohol concentration of at least .08 percent for drivers over 21 years old or .00 percent for drivers under 21 years old, which is the legal limit for the BAC.

The most recent data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that there was one fatality caused by a drunk driving-related accident every 52 minutes in the United States in 2013. The risk of fatal drunk driving accident is one reason why campaigns targeting drunk driving are prevalent.

Special considerations after a drunk driving accident injury

Being involved in an automobile accident is a frightening experience. You might be worried about your injuries, the damage to your vehicle and other factors. If you find out that the driver who hit you was intoxicated, you might feel some anger about the accident. We can help you turn that anger into something productive by helping you to explore your options for seeking compensation.

We know that thinking about the monetary aspects of a drunk driving accident isn't easy. You will probably have to deal with insurance companies who only want to hurry up and settle your claim. While a quick settlement might seem like a great deal, you should think about how that settlement now might affect your finances in the future.

Can I get a concussion if I fall and hit my head?

Being involved in a slip-and-fall accident or a similar accident can lead to head injuries if your head is struck during the accident. A blow to the head can cause brain injuries. One of the most common brain injuries, a concussion, can lead to life-altering effects.

What can cause a concussion?

Proper safety protocol prevents some traction-related accidents

Property owners have a duty to ensure that the property they own is safe for visitors. In some cases, the flooring in buildings might be a factor that leads to accidents. This is often the case if the flooring is uneven, wet, slippery or improperly maintained.

Slip-and-fall accidents are the reason for more than 1 million emergency room visits each year. When considering all fall injuries, fractures are the most common injury that can occur. In some cases, the fracture occurs in the hip. Hip fractures are the most serious fractures associated with falls. These fractures can lead to serious health complications or death.

Start working on a wrongful death case quickly

There are a lot of things that can go through your mind when you find out that your loved one was killed in a car accident. Your emotions will likely take over at first, so you will be angry and upset. You will likely begin to grieve for your loss. At some point during the process, you might start to think about practical matters such as paying for your loved one's final expenses. We know that all of these matters can be difficult to deal with.

When these practical matters come into focus, you might decide that you want to seek compensation for your loved one's death. In Georgia, you have two years from the date of the accident to file claims for compensation. It is vital that you not wait until the last minute to start working on your case.

Well-known sculptor killed in drunk driving accident

All drivers on the roadways have a duty to watch for motorcycles on the roadways. When motorists don't pay attention, accidents with motorcycles can end up costing the motorcyclists their lives. That was the case in an accident that occurred in Atlanta recently.

A motorcyclist, who was stopped at a traffic light, was rear-ended by a pickup truck. That impact threw the man off the motorcycle. He was taken via air transport to Grady Memorial Hospital with a brain injury on a Saturday morning. The man was pronounced brain dead the following evening.

Are drowning accidents eligible for compensation?

A drowning accident is a very traumatic experience for any family to go through. Just the thought that they lost a loved one because of an accident on the water is an emotionally draining thought. The devastating toll on the family members who are left behind is likely greater if the accident that caused the drowning was the result of someone else's negligence.

Can I hold someone liable for my loved one's drowning accident?

Seeking compensation for a drunk driving accident in Georgia

In our previous post, we discussed some of the penalties people who drive drunk might have to deal with if they are caught. Those penalties, however, don't mean much when you are the victim of that drunk driving accident. Instead, those criminal penalties are only one way that a drunk driver can be held liable for a drunk driving accident.

For victims of drunk driving accidents, healing is usually the top priority. That healing can often come only with extensive medical care and time. Once you are on your way to healing, you might decide that you want to seek compensation for those injuries. We can help you learn about your options so that you can move forward with your claims.

Consequences high for Georgians who cause drunk driving accidents

Do you know the penalties for driving under the influence in the state of Georgia? Although the rules may seem straightforward, it is important to remember that individuals who drive while intoxicated may face a range of serious penalties. These consequences are enforced even if the defendant did not cause one of the many drunk driving accidents that plague our state's roads every year. Motorists whose negligence leads to an auto accident may face even more severe civil penalties because of their misdeeds.

First-offense drunk drivers face fines up to $1,000, jail time of up to a year, license suspension, community service and a fee to reinstate their license. Get caught a second time, and the rules are even more strict: A three-year license suspension awaits, along with a minimum of 30 days' community service. Other penalties for second-time offenders include mandatory evaluations for substance abuse and treatment, all at the driver's expense.

2 drivers run red lights, 3 children killed in fatal accident

Traffic signals, such as red lights, provide instructions for drivers as they try to maneuver through intersections. When drivers try to "beat the light" or fail to follow the signals of the light, accidents can occur. One recent accident on River Watch Parkway claimed the life of three children because two drivers chose to disobey the traffic signal at an intersection.

In this case, two drivers were arrested and now face charges related to the accident. The investigation into the accident revealed that both drivers involved in the accident ran the red lights, which caused the accident. One man was driving a pickup truck eastbound. The other man, who was driving the car that was occupied by three children, was turning left. The driver of the pickup truck slammed into the car.