MARIETTA, Georgia. According to the New York Times, New Year’s day is the deadliest day of the year when it comes to fatal accidents involving drunk drivers. As many as 50% of all accidents that occur on New Year’s might involve alcohol or drunk driving. Many of the accidents occur in the early hours of the morning, but some accidents can occur the next day as drivers head home for the holidays. Drunk driving alone might not be the issue. Hung over drivers can also be unsafe. While these drivers may not have blood alcohol concentrations that exceed legal limits, these drivers may not be alert, may be fatigued, or may just be too sick to focus on the road.
If you or a loved one was hurt in an accident over the New Year’s holiday it is important to protect your rights. If you suspect that alcohol may have been a factor, consider reaching out to the car accident lawyers at Imbriale Injury Law in Marietta, Georgia today. Our firm can review police reports, review your insurance claim, and may be able to further investigate your accident to determine whether alcohol may have played a role.
While alcohol use alone won’t automatically mean that the other driver is negligent for your crash, it can play a major role in determining negligence. Drivers have a responsibility to obey the rules of the road and this includes obeying prohibitions against drinking and driving. Alcohol is known to affect judgement, reaction time, and ability to perform fine movements, so if a driver was drunk, it is very likely that drinking may have played a role in your crash. A qualified personal injury lawyer can review your accident report to help you understand how negligence might play a role in your recovery or claim. In most cases, victims of drunk drivers might have the right to seek damages to cover medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages.
What should you do after a drunk driving accident? First, always call the police. The police have the authority to require drivers to submit to blood and breath tests to determine if they are drunk. Next, you’ll want to report the accident to your insurance company. You’ll also want to seek medical attention. Individuals can suffer serious injuries in even minor accidents, and some injuries might take days or weeks before they become apparent. It is important to protect yourself. Call the police, contact your insurance company, and see a doctor or visit the emergency room.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in 2017, 368 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in Georgia. If you or a loved one was impacted by drunk driving, you may have certain rights under the law. Imbriale Injury Law is a personal injury law firm in Marietta, Georgia who fights for the rights of accident victims and their families. Visit us today to learn more about your options.
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