Late last week, two teenagers were hospitalized following an accident in Coffee County. A local news station reported that the two individuals were driving east near Osbon Mills Road in Coffee County.
Apparently, the 19-year-old driver did not stop at a stop sign near McKinnon and Osbon Road. The driver had his 15-year-old girlfriend in the car with him at the time of the accident. The two were driving late on a Saturday night when the driver ran through a stop sign and into a ditch. The car then overturned on the other side of the road.
The driver of the vehicle suffered a broken back, and his girlfriend broke her leg and had serious injuries to her face. The two were taken to a hospital in Macon County. The police investigated the crash, and the driver is being charged with a DUI.
DUI Law in Georgia
There are several types of DUI charges that can be filed in Georgia. They include:
- DUI-Less Safe, which does not have a blood alcohol concentration requirement.
- DUI-Per Se. In this case, even if there is no impairment, if an individual is found to be driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, he or she will be liable.
- DUI-Drugs, under which a person can be charged if he or she consumed any drug if it impairs his or her ability to drive.
- DUI-Inhalants. In this case, the state must establish that an individual intentionally inhaled a toxic substance, the individual operated a vehicle, and the person was not a safe driver because of the inhalants.
- DUI-Multiple Substances, under which a person can be charged if he or she is under the influence of some combination of intoxicating substances.
Recovering After Injury by Drunk Driver
If you were in an accident because of a drunk driver, there are several things you can recover for. After getting into a car accident, the injuries can result in many costly and time-taking doctors’ visits. It is important to recover for the out-of-pocket expenses that you are paying for your treatment. You may be eligible for your past medical expenses, your recurring medical expenses, and any future medical bills you may incur as a result of the accident. Furthermore, you may recover for your lost wages as a result of the accident, funeral expenses, and a number of other losses.
In Georgia, people can also recover for pain and suffering related to the treatment of the injuries. Furthermore, in some situations parents and spouses may recover as well. Spouses may recover for loss of consortium because of the injury to the victim.
Georgia Drunk Driving Injury Attorneys
If you were in an accident and injured because of a drunk driver, it is important that you contact an attorney to help you develop your case. Drunk driving accidents can be complicated, and the emotional toll can be draining. In pursuing these types of cases, there can be many parties and agencies involved. Here at Miller Legal Services, our attorneys are diligent and trained in this field. We are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Please contact our office at 770-284-3727 to set up a free initial consultation with one of our dedicated attorneys.
See Related Blog Posts
Another Drunk Driving Crash, This Time in Lumpkin County, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, September 17, 2014.
Eight-Vehicle Accident on I-75 Kills Four, Injures Thirteen, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, August 21, 2014.