Everyone knows that alcohol and driving should never mix, and when drivers choose to ignore this, they can cause serious damages. If you were involved in a collision with a drunk driver, it is likely that you feel some level of anger toward the person and that you will want to get some form of justice.
The state of Georgia is an “at fault” state when it comes to car accident claims. This means that the driver who was found to be at fault for the accident needs to pay for damages through their insurance company.
Even if the other driver was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision, this does not automatically mean that they are at fault. An investigation will need to be carried out to establish which party was at fault. It can be possible for more than one party to be considered at fault for an accident under Georgia's comparative negligence law.
Filing a lawsuit to gain additional damages
Insurance claims should be sufficient to cover the property damages and medical bills that occurred due to the accident. However, sometimes it can be difficult to gain the damages that you believe you deserve from an insurance company. You may, therefore, want to consider filing a lawsuit to hold the drunk driver responsible for their actions.
In a lawsuit, you are able to make a case for the negligence that was exhibited by the other driver. A drunk driver is negligent because they are knowingly operating a vehicle when they are not able to do so competently, thereby putting other people on the road in danger. By showing that the other driver was negligent, it can be possible to claim additional damages. These damages can cover material damages, personal injuries, emotional pain and any suffering that you had to endure.
Lawsuits can be lengthy and require a great deal of emotional effort, but they are often successful in holding the drunk driver responsible for their actions. By conducting thorough research into personal injury law in Georgia, you will be well-equipped to start taking action.