Drunk Driver Auto Accident Injury Lawyers Serving Columbus
When a Drunk Driver Upends Your Life, Montlick Fights for Your Future
After an injury caused by a reckless driver under the influence, the road to healing is fraught with mounting medical bills, lost wages, physical wounds, and emotional scars that linger long after the incident.
Despite strict DUI laws, some people across Columbus still decide to get behind the wheel after too many drinks. Their terrible choice could impact the rest of your life. When you’re injured by a drunk or drugged driver, you don’t have to face the financial uncertainty and legal stress alone.
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Our dedicated and compassionate attorneys have fought for countless clients suffering from injuries caused by drivers under the influence. We have maintained our exemplary reputation for unquestionable ethics and exceptional legal services for 39 years. In that time we’ve won billions of dollars for our clients. Let us get to work for you, too.
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Decades of experience
Montlick has tirelessly represented people injured or killed by drunk drivers for more than 39 years. We know how to demand justice–and win.
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We treat you how we would hope to be treated in your situation. Between your injuries, pain, and medical care, you have enough to worry about. That’s why we handle all aspects of your case for you, keeping you informed every step of the way.
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Legal Help for Columbus, GA Drunk Driver Accident Injury Victims
When the Other Driver Committed a Crime
The Criminal Case Driving drunk is a crime in Columbus, Georgia. That means that if the drunk driver who caused your accident is found to have violated the law, he or she could be subject to criminal prosecution that could include jail time, fines or other criminal punishment.
The Civil Case Civil cases deal with liability (who is at fault). Serious accidents often saddle a DUI injury victim with spiraling medical bills, lost income, vehicle repair bills, and other hardships, and the civil personal injury case is the way to determine the amount of financial compensation owed (money awarded to the victim). It’s a place for the at-fault party (in this case the drunk driver who caused the accident) to be held financially accountable for the damage they’ve caused. There can be more than one way to receive financial compensation, including insurance companies and possible other third-parties.
DUI & Intoxicated Driver Crash Lawyers for Columbus Victims
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We know it’s complicated. That’s why when you contact Montlick after an injury, one of our lawyers will walk you through it for free.
Criminal Consequences in Georgia
A first offense criminal conviction for DUI in Georgia can carry a sentence that includes up to a year in jail, a fine up to $1000, a driver’s license suspension, and significant fines. When the intoxicated driver causes serious bodily injury, the offender could be charged with a felony, which is punishable by up to 15 years of imprisonment.
Although the criminal case carries penalties that might facilitate punishment of the drunk driver, the criminal part of the judicial process offers limited to no financial relief to the victim. That’s where we come in.
Drunk driving accident victims often have the right to additional pursue punitive damages. Punitive damages are reserved for conduct more egregious than “ordinary negligence” and are often add huge value to the final payment.
We Battle Big Insurance
Insurance companies (even your own) are not on your side after an accident. Their priority is profit. Our priority is YOU.
DUI, Hit & Run Crashes in Columbus, Georgia
Drivers willing to disregard laws prohibiting drinking and driving might be inclined to violate other laws as well. Intoxicated drivers are highly likely to flee the scene of an accident. Since most alcohol-impaired drivers who cause crashes are repeat offenders, these motorists often lack a driver’s license and are more likely to be operating a vehicle without insurance.
When a driver flees the scene or lacks liability coverage, our attorneys assist our clients in identifying other viable sources of financial recovery. Our law firm routinely investigates the potential liability of third parties depending on the facts and circumstances, such as other motorists involved, the drunk driver’s employer, the manufacturer of a part, system or vehicle, a business that serves a customer who is obviously intoxicated or underage, and more.
If no viable third party defendant can be identified, our lawyers might pursue a claim with our client’s uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Although you might anticipate cooperation from your own insurance carrier, insurers focused on maximizing their own profits might lowball or deny your valid claim.
A Dangerous Decision
When drivers decide to get behind the wheel after spending an evening drinking in a nightclub or at a sporting event, their conduct endangers the safety of pedestrians, motorcyclists, and other vehicle occupants. Significant measures have been implemented during recent years to curb the dangerous practice of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. However, DUI offenses remain pervasive despite alcohol awareness campaigns, harsher DUI penalties, and increased monetary expenditures to enforce roadway safety.
The number of drunk drivers and their impact on others remains unacceptably high. A few statistics paint a disturbing portrait:
- Drunk drivers caused a fatality every fifty (50) minutes in the U.S. during a recent one year period. [Insurance Information Institute (III)].
- The FBI estimates that 1,017,808 motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the same period. (III).
- Intoxicated driving accidents also exact an enormous financial toll that has been estimated to amount to $44 billion annually by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
When someone else’s irresponsible decision upends your life, you shouldn’t have to shoulder the burdens alone. Montlick attorneys fight for the full value of compensation for drunk driving accident victims and their families. We have secured billions of dollars in compensation for personal injury victims and are ready to help you too.