According the Department of Transportation, 28 deaths occur every day due to drunk driving. Driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) are terms that are interchangeable. They refer to anyone operating a vehicle, boat, bike or motorcycle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Driving while intoxicated or under the influence often results in injury, property damage, and sometimes death. If you or a loved one have been harmed due to the negligent actions of another person, you have a right to file suit against them.
The experts at Jenkins Utley, P.C. are the DUI accident lawyers dedicated to resolving your case. The driver of the other vehicle may be facing criminal charges for their DUI—that doesn’t mean you can’t seek compensation in a civil case.
Georgia DUI Laws and Penalties
In the state of Georgia, no one can operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. This changes as it pertains to occupational drivers and those who are under the legal drinking age. Commercial drivers cannot operate vehicles with a BAC of 0.04% or more, and people 21 years or younger may be charged if their BAC is over 0.02%.
Additionally, you can be charged with DUI or DWI for other things besides alcohol. If you are under the influence of any drug and are driving “less than safe”, or have illegal drugs in your system, you can also be charged.
Those who are charged with a DUI face a number of penalties which vary in severity based upon the offense number. Penalties include:
- Jail time
- Public service
- Suspension of license
- Revocation of license
Even if an offender is being charged and facing these penalties, you have a right to pursue recompenses for the damage in a separate case.
Compensation for Damages
As a victim of such a negligent crime, you should never be held accountable for damages related to a DUI accident. DUI offenders are liable to cover:
- Vehicle damage
- Repair costs
- Permanent disability
- Ongoing care
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
Contact the DUI Accident Attorneys at Jenkins Utley, P.C.
The legal team at Jenkins Utley, P.C. aggressively pursues cases related to drunk driving and DWI accidents. Don’t let a drunk driver leave you holding the bag for insured damages. Contact Jenkins Utley, P.C. today for a free case evaluation. Call our law office today: (404) 919-7297.