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The Law Office of James T. Ponton is sensitive to the fact that nothing can prepare the victims of a drunk-driving accident for the emotional and physical turmoil that results from being injured by an alcohol-impaired driver.  Being caught in the destructive path of an intoxicated driver can be both terrifying and deadly.  Sadly, in 2011, Georgia was one of the highest in the nation for DUI fatality rates for both adult and underage drivers, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  In addition, intoxicated drivers in Georgia caused 277 drunken driving fatalities statewide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

With statistics like these, it is incredibly frustrating for victims and their family members to know that drunk driving crashes are preventable.  For example, the driver could have asked a friend to drive, taken a taxi or public transportation, spent the night at a hotel or at the home of a friend.  Drunk drivers choose to drive drunk and are therefore negligent when they get behind the wheel. Drunk drivers also break the law when they operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

The injuries resulting from drunk driving accidents can be catastrophic and often fatal. James Ponton, an experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer, has the experience litigating catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases necessary to maximize the amount of compensation our clients receive.

Filing a Claim

In Georgia, a drunk driving accident can substantially increase the value of the your case, as insurance companies get nervous about the threat of punitive damages.

Intoxicated drivers have slow response times, easily fall asleep while driving and often lose control of their vehicles, weaving between lanes and crossing into oncoming traffic.  Drunken driving accidents also tend to occur at night when visibility is low and at high speeds, so that the victim may not be able to see the drunk driver coming, or have little time to react.

Victims of drunk-driving accidents and their family members may be able to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the drunk driver and sometimes others in order to receive compensation for their injuries.  They can recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability or for the emotional and financial loss suffered when an accident results in the death of a family member.  In certain situations, punitive damages may also be recovered.

While the intoxicated driver in a drunken driving crash is usually the only party held responsible, in some instances, the establishment that served alcohol to the driver may also be liable.  This is because of Dram Shop laws which impose a duty on bars, restaurants and alcohol-serving establishments to refrain from serving alcohol to habitual drunkards who are visibly intoxicated or to individuals who are under 21 years of age.  If these establishments have breached their duty, they may be responsible for the injuries suffered by victims of drunk driving accidents.

A Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You Get Compensation

If you or someone you know has been injured in a drunk driving accident, contact an Atlanta car accident lawyer at Ponton Law at 404-418-8507.  Our attorney has successfully litigated drunken driving lawsuits throughout Georgia and has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.

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