Georgia Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers

It’s the epitome of reckless driving: A person goes to a bar, tavern, pub or restaurant and drinks so much beer, wine or liquor that it pushes their blood alcohol level (BAC) beyond the legal limit or severely impairs their ability to drive safely. Then they get on the road, endangering every motorist, passenger, motorcyclist, bicyclist or pedestrian in their path. The consequences can be deadly.

On average, more than 400 fatal car or motorcycle crashes occur each year in the state of Georgia as the result of alcohol-impaired driving. Hundreds more people suffer catastrophic injuries that require medical treatment, including paralysis, burns, brain damage or harm to the neck and spinal cord. Many other accidents are caused by those who drive under the influence of illegal drugs or prescription medications. Even one accident, injury or death is one too many.

At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., our Georgia drunk driving accident lawyers are committed to holding drunk drivers accountable for their reckless actions. We understand the physical, emotional and financial turmoil that drunk driving accident victims and their families must endure, and we are passionate about securing the compensation they deserve.

If you have been injured in a DUI / DWI accident, or if you have lost a loved one to drunk driving, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to receive a free consultation at one of our Northeast Georgia offices in Athens or Greensboro.

The Problem with Drunk Driving

A driver is guilty of a DUI / DWI in Georgia if they drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. If it can be established that the driver violated the law and caused a victim’s injury or death, the driver is negligent per se. This can be established through the driver’s guilty plea or criminal conviction.

Drunk driving merits serious consequences because it places others in danger. Alcohol, illegal drugs and some medications impair a driver’s ability to monitor their speed, control their vehicle and pay attention to the road. Drunk drivers speed, follow too closely, drift across the center line and run through red lights and stop signs. They don’t see pedestrians on the side of the road. They don’t see motorcycles. They don’t see how many lives they could destroy.

How We Can Help You

If you are injured in a Georgia drunk driving crash, the DUI / DWI accident attorneys of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., can help you to recover damages for your vehicle repair or replacement, medical expenses, lost wages, mental anguish, emotional distress and other economic and non-economic damages in a personal injury lawsuit.

If your family member – such as a spouse or child – has been killed by a drunk driver, we can also pursue a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf. In the state of Georgia, a person’s estate can seek damages for their loss of financial support, services or prospective inheritance as well as medical and funeral costs.

In addition, punitive damages may also be pursued. These damages are aimed at punishing especially egregious misconduct and to deter reckless driving, such as alcohol- or drug-impaired driving. Although punitive damages may be especially appropriate where a person has a history of DUI / DWI convictions, Georgia law permits recovery even where it is the driver’s first offense.

A social host, including a bar, restaurant, pub or tavern, may be held liable as well. Georgia’s “dram shop” law imposes liability on any social host who allows a driver to get behind the wheel despite being clearly intoxicated.

Contact Our Georgia Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys Today

Since 1984, the law firm of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., has assisted victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits from across Georgia in the cities of Atlanta, Albany, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Brunswick and Savannah, as well as Athens, Greensboro, Eatonton, Winder, Commerce, Covington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Elberton, Hartwell, Homer, Lexington, Crawford, Gainesville, Milledgeville, Winterville, Hull, Danielsville, Comer, Colbert, Watkinsville and Bogart and surrounding Northeast Georgia communities in Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Banks, Franklin, Hall, Habersham, Stephens, Jasper, Jones, Baldwin, Hart, Elbert, Greene, Putnam, Columbia, Richmond, Newton, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Walton and Oglethorpe counties.  Our lawyers have also been involved in significant, complex nationwide litigation, and we have represented clients and tried cases in many other states across the country.

Our Georgia drunk driving accident attorneys are innovative counselors and aggressive advocates who have been recognized by Super Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America, among others, for the quality of their legal skill and professional service.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to learn how we can help you and to receive a free consultation. We won’t simply refer your case to another law firm. We will listen to your story, answer your questions and work with you to map out a path to legal relief.