It is well known that driving while intoxicated is illegal. It is also extremely dangerous and it often leads to a devastating situation that too many people in Atlanta have had to deal with: a drunk driving accident.
Any type of motor vehicle accident can be serious, but getting hit by a drunk driver can be particularly catastrophic. Under normal circumstances, drivers may slam on their brakes or swerve out of the way in the milliseconds before a crash, and these reactions can be the difference between a fatal and non-fatal accident. Unfortunately, drunk drivers are typically so impaired that they cannot make these split-second decisions and the crash can be as destructive as possible.
This is why so many victims are permanently or fatally injured when they are struck by a drunk driver. If a person survives the crash, he or she will rarely walk away from it without broken bones, spinal cord injuries, brain damage or severe lacerations.
Because the injuries suffered in a drunk driving accident are typically so serious and life-changing, compensation can be more crucial than ever. Victims of these accidents may require multiple surgeries, ongoing rehabilitation, medical treatment for chronic pain, and lifestyle adjustments like using a wheelchair or relearning how to complete everyday tasks.
If you are currently dealing with this type of situation, you must understand that you have the right to seek compensation for the economic and non-economic damages suffered thanks to a drunk driver. The attorneys at Hilley & Frieder know that you have enough to worry about after a serious accident and we can help you fight for the compensation and accountability you deserve. Before you make any decisions about what to do after a crash, we urge you to visit our website to learn more about your rights as a victim of a drunk driving accident and how we can help you protect them.