Jonesboro DUI Accidents
Aggressive Jonesboro DUI Accidents Lawyers Serving the People of Georgia
A DUI accident comes out of nowhere and turns your life upside down, both literally and figuratively. The most infuriating aspect of a DUI accident, however, is its utter avoidability. None of this would have happened if it weren’t for the defendant’s blatant irresponsibility. The good news is that you can fight back, in more ways than one. Having our proven Jonesboro DUI accidents lawyers on your side will help you.
Naturally, the last problem you need to face while you are recovering in the hospital or grieving over a lost loved one is financial problems in terms of medical bills and lost wages. In truth, you may very well be entitled to compensation equal to more than either of these expenses put together – as long as you know how much your claim is worth and you know how to force the defendant to pay it.
Most DUI Accident Claims Are Settled out of Court Within Weeks or Months
If you are getting your impression of personal injury law from watching television, you might be tempted to believe that almost all personal injury or wrongful death cases are settled in court. In fact, fewer than ten percent of cases are settled in court. The rest are settled out of court, because insurance companies don’t like to risk losing in court – especially if they know you are being represented by the proven Jonesboro car accident lawyers at T. Madden & Associates, P.C..
Your claim will probably be paid by an insurance company, and trust us, they are full of negotiating tricks. That’s OK with us, however, because our highly skilled Jonesboro DUI accidents attorneys know all their tricks and we will be happy to do the negotiating for you. The final decision on any settlement offer, of course, is always yours to make. It’s our job to get you the highest possible settlement offer and to fight it out in court if no adequate offer is made.
A Word from One of Our Clients
“I was represented by T. Madden and Nicholas Schnyder on my car accident case. They and their staff were very professional, willing to answer any and all of my concerns. If they were not available, I would receive a call back within a timely manner. I am very satisfied with how my case came out and I would highly recommend their services.” – Sawida Gladney
Some of Our Other Practice Areas
In addition to DUI accident victims, we also serve victims of:
- Car Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Wrongful Death
- Negligent Security
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Dog Attacks
- Other types of personal injury
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The defendant was driving without insurance and can’t pay a judgment. Can I sue the bar that sold him alcohol?
Georgia’s dram shop law allows a victim injured by an intoxicated driver to sue the establishment that sold him alcohol under the following circumstances:
- The vendor sold alcohol to a minor;
- The vendor sold alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person; AND
- The vendor knew that the minor or the intoxicated person would soon be driving.
In some cases, the difficult part of establishing a dram shop claim is proving that the vendor knew that the intoxicated person or the minor would soon be driving. In other cases it is easy to prove: the vendor sold alcohol at a drive-thru window, for example, or a bartender sold alcohol to a drunk patron a few minutes before the bar closed. If you would like to discuss your case further please get in touch with our knowledgeable and helpful Jonesboro DUI accidents lawyers.
Can I receive punitive damages in addition to ordinary compensatory damages?
Perhaps. Georgia courts, however, are very reluctant to award punitive damages. And many insurance policies exclude punitive damages from coverage. A DUI accident, however, is one of those cases where the plaintiff has a better chance at receiving punitive damages than most plaintiffs do because of the recklessness of the defendant’s behavior.
Can I file a lawsuit if my husband was killed by a drunk driver?
Yes you can, as long as you do so within two years of your husband’s death. It is possible to win, even if the defendant was acquitted of DUI. Although any damages will be distributed among your husband’s close relatives, you are guaranteed at least 30 percent of whatever damages are awarded. Wrongful death damages can be quite substantial.
Decisive Action Is What Makes Things Happen
It is true that Georgia allows you two years to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit before your claim expires. It is also true, however, that evidence tends to deteriorate over time, even within two years. Witnesses move out of town or their memories fade, and physical evidence can also deteriorate. The time to take action is now.
In fact, you don’t need to wait until a DUI defendant’s criminal case is concluded to start preparing for your civil claim – you can start now and win both. Call our office today at 833-PAID-123, or fill out our online contact form to speak with one of our Jonesboro DUI accident attorneys. And remember: since we charge no fees unless we win, we only win if you do too.