The Georgia drunk driving accident lawyers of Millar & Mixon, LLC, are firmly dedicated to helping those who have been injured or lost a loved one due to this especially reckless driving conduct. We aggressively seek the maximum amount of compensation for the DUI accident victims we represent, including punitive damages. Our goal is to not only provide the funds our clients’ need to carry on with their lives but also to send a strong message that drunk driving will not be tolerated in our state.
Since 1993, Millar & Mixon, LLC, has secured more than $60 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients throughout Atlanta and the state of Georgia, including a recent $1.75 million recovery for a family that lost its father to a drunk driver and a $200,000 recovery for teenage children who had been harmed by a driver with a prior DUI conviction.
To learn how we can help you, call us today at (404) 490-4991 or use our online form. We provide free consultations, and we don’t charge for our services unless you recover damages.
Georgia’s Drunk Driving Problem
Thanks to high-visibility law enforcement efforts and expanded use of ignition interlock devices for DUI offenders, Georgia has come a long way in preventing drunk driving. However, as recently as 2008, 416 people died on the state’s roads in alcohol-related accidents, according to the Georgia Office of Highway Safety. Fulton, Gwinnett, DeKalb and Cobb counties had the highest number of DUI fatalities, combining for 91 deaths. The loss of even one life to a drunk driver is one too many.
In Georgia, a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or above is considered to be legally impaired and faces potentially severe criminal consequences. If the intoxicated driver also caused an accident, injuries or deaths, they face serious civil liability as well under a legal doctrine that is known as “negligence per se.” This can be shown through breathalyzer or blood test results, a guilty plea or a jury verdict resulting in a conviction.
Anyone who drives under the influence of drugs can be subjected to a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit as well. This includes not only illegal drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine or methamphetamine, but also legal prescription or over-the-counter drugs – even cough syrup or allergy pills — that impair a driver’s ability to safely operate their vehicle.
Compensation for Georgia Drunk Driving Accident Victims
The legal team of Millar & Mixon, LLC, thoroughly investigates all DUI accidents that we handle. We focus especially on holding all responsible parties fully accountable for the harm they’ve caused. In addition to the drunk driver, an employer who allowed the driver to use a company vehicle can be sued for damages. Also, any bar, restaurant or store that sold alcohol to a clearly intoxicated driver while knowing the driver would be getting back onto the road can be held liable under Georgia’s “dram shop” laws.
The damages we seek to recover for Georgia DUI accident victims include:
- Special damages – Economic losses, such as past and future medical expenses, funeral costs, and lost past and future wages
- General damages – Non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement or the loss of society and companionship of a loved one
- Punitive damages – The amount awarded to punish and deter a defendant and others from engaging in willful misconduct that endangers others. Generally, punitive damages in Georgia are capped at $250,000. However, because intoxicated driving is such an egregious act, there is no such cap in personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits.
Many drunk-driving lawsuits can be resolved through a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company. However, we prepare all of our cases as if they are going to trial. If settlement negotiations fail to produce a fair and reasonable result, we always stand ready to aggressively seek compensation for our clients before a judge and jury. Our law firm will not hesitate to hire top forensic, toxicology, accident reconstruction experts and other professionals who specialize in helping attorneys prove drunk driving cases.
It is important take legal action without delay. Under Georgia’s statute of limitations, a DUI-related personal injury or wrongful death claim can be barred if not filed or settled within two years of the date of injury or death.
Contact Our Georgia Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys Today
At Millar & Mixon, LLC, we have the experience needed to secure compensation for the victims of drunk drivers and their families throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia, including Atlanta, Buckhead, North Atlanta, Chamblee, Decatur, Douglasville, Marietta, Alpharetta, Lawrenceville, Conyers, Jonesboro, East Point, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Riverdale and other cities and communities throughout the State.
We do not charge consultation fees, and we do not charge for our legal services unless we recover money for you.
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To learn more, contact us by calling us our offices in Atlanta at (404) 490-4991 or using our online form. Our Georgia drunk driving accident lawyers will speak with you free of charge in the evenings and on weekends.