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Legal Advocates for Victims of Drunk or Intoxicated Driver Crashes

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The aftermath of a car accident caused by an intoxicated driver is filled with physical and emotional pain and financial uncertainty. 

Despite strict DUI laws, some people across the nation still decide to get behind the wheel. Their dangerous decision could impact the rest of your life. Unfortunately for victims like you, a complicated insurance and legal battle for the money you need is in store. Insurance companies will likely try to take advantage of your vulnerable state, while you should really be focused on healing.

That’s where Montlick comes in. When you’re injured by a drunk or drugged driver, we’re here to level the playing field and get you the money you deserve so you can prioritize your recovery.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a DUI car crash, you may seek compensation for your injuries, including medical and funeral expenses, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, loss of consortium (loss of support and services of a spouse or sometimes child), pain and suffering, mental anguish and replacement value or repair costs of the car, as well as punitive damages.

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Caring, professional and thorough. They go above and beyond to make sure your well being is taken care of first. Both Douglas and Gia are a team that cannot be matched by any other firm. They call you within the first week to let you know they take their job very serious without any form of arrogance. Thank you for representing me and my child! I'm a client for life!
They took good care of me and my granddaughter in every way. Took time to explain things & guide us through the process. I would recommend!
Again, they did it again.. my lawyer and her associate are the best. I would recommend Montlick and Associates to EVERYONE who needs a law firm that cares!! I am so grateful for them God blessed me with am amazing duo!!
After a terrible accident, we turned to Ellen Forrester at Montlick for help with my mom's case. She walked us through everything step by step, handled the documentation and when it came time, her colleague, Mike Moran, and her represented my mom amazingly at mediation. While we are very happy with the settlement reached, this process was so much easier with their care and guidance. We will forever recommend them and Montlick to anyone.
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Mrs. Sara Root and her assistant Chris are the best..Mrs. Root is a very smart attorney she does her research and analyze everything about your case!! I had a spinal injury that resulted to surgery due to being rear ended in a car accident ..They kept me updated through every step..Chris called to check on me often and Mrs. Root made sure i understood everything..Yes i will have back pains in the future but she ensured that i was well compassionated for my life changes due to my injury.. I am so grateful to have had them during my recovery process. Thanks guys!..We met and talk about God m having faith and a connection! I give Montlick a 10 out of 10..I highly recommend them..Thanks to all that participated in making this process smooth and successful!! Awesome Awesome Awesome Team!!
We would highly recommend Montlick and Associates if you’re injured in an accident. The staff is very professional and kept us up to date as our case progressed. They check on you to make sure you’re ok. They just make the process easy. Thank you for taking care of us!
Dayna and Ellen went above and beyond to make sure my family and I were taken care of after our accident! I wish there were more stars to give! Definitely recommending to my family and friends!
Sara Root and her team is incredible they helped me from the first day of my accident all the way to the end if you need an outstanding, caring, loving, respectful attorney Sara Root is the way to go
Scott Patterson and his Assistant Jeff took real good care of me. I enjoyed my experience and Would recommend Scott Patterson to anyone.
When it comes to personal injuries being handled with upmost quality care, professionalism and determination to resolve all legal woes quickly and successfully. I'll be the first in a very long line of satisfied customers to say that Monica Pearson, (one of Atlanta's great Black female broadcast journalists and the first, former WSB-TV evening anchor at Channel 2 Action News) who I truly admire was right on the money (meaning trustworthy) for informing all victims of negligence to seek legal help from a proven law firm such as Montlick & Associates, who I call the best of the best LEGAL STRONG ARMS in the personal injury business!I'm a client of this wonderful establishment who truly took care of all my needs relating to my unfortunate accident, all due to a distracted driver who paid dearly for his poor driving ability.In saying that, I must recognize two important people at the firm. One is legal assistant Amber Starks (a marvelous paralegal) who kept my spirit up while I dealt with my personal recovery. Amber Starks is fantastic person to know, and second is my attorney, the incredible Nick Vocino. I call him a "legal eagle battling ram" for the underdog against vicious insurance companies. He's terrific! Nick "The Battle Ram" Vocino is "no joke" when it comes to him protecting his clients, he's fabulous! And last but also first is the entire staff at Montlick, who made me feel like one of their family members, just splendid! Alright people, I stated I was recognizing two, but I ended up acknowledging four. Monica Pearson, Amber Starks, Nick Vocino and the staff at Montlick; thank you for all that you have done and still do. All of you have earned my respect and deserve a round of applause from your clients. Ladies & gentlemen, I appreciate you for a job well done. Many blessings I send to you.
I cannot say enough good things about Ellen Forrester and Dayna Clark at Montlick. They took an awful incident and walked me through the process of getting the care I needed and knowledge to help pay for expenses and get a reasonable claim to help me and my family. I have recommended them to others and definitely recommend them to those looking for an attorney that listens and treats you like a person.
I couldn’t have chosen a better law firm to handle the case of my accident which was not my fault! Jason Saltzman was my attorney and he was amazing and he didn’t leave any stones unturned! He worked for the absolute most for me and got me the care I needed ! And Esmeralda, his senior legal assistant, was always there when I had questions and would always email me back very quickly if I had questions and she and Jason really put my mind at ease while going through all of this ! He got me the maximum of what I deserved and worked hard on my case! I’d give them 100 stars if I could because they are the best! I’d recommend them anytime any day for anyone who needs an attorney who cares and one that will answer you no matter what and answer any questions that you may have ! Thank you so much Jason and Esmeralda !!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This firm & the team are amazing! Attorney David Rubin, Michael, Lauren & Bobby are some of the best people! They are hardworking & caring.
I recommend everyone who is injured in an accident to hire Nives R. Juric, Attorney at Law at Montlick. A drunk driver crashed into the back of me on the highway and she won my case. She’s the best!
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We have won billions of dollars on behalf of our clients and that number increases every day. With over 40 years of experience, Montlick knows what it takes to win.

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For 40 years injured people have trusted us to secure their finances and their future after an accident. Let us help you, too.

We Are Your Advocate When: 
  • A drunk driver has permanently altered your life
  • Your injuries interfere with your daily life
  • Your medical bills and unanswered questions are overwhelming you
  • You need help navigating the complicated insurance and legal systems
Accident Attorneys for Victims of Drunk and Intoxicated Driving Wrecks

Drunk Driving Accident Victims Deserve Justice

Drunk driving accidents are entirely preventable. Yet driving while intoxicated is on the rise nationwide. Every day, people recklessly decide to get behind the wheel after too many drinks– and when they do, the consequences are devastating. You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s carelessness. When a drunk driver disrupts your health and future, Montlick can fight for the compensation you need to move forward.

Your case’s outcome will impact the rest of your life. That’s why our goal is always to put the most money in your pocket – where it belongs. That way you can prioritize your recovery without the burden of financial uncertainty.

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The Consequences of Drunk Driving 

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Evidence Is Everything

It is important following a DUI auto accident that key evidence regarding the at-fault driver’s intoxication or impairment by drugs is preserved. Our legal and investigation teams will take all steps to ensure that critical evidence is not lost or destroyed, so that your case remains as strong as possible.

Evidence we may investigate could include speaking to witnesses at the scene, 911 tapes, police reports, criminal DUI court records, Breathalyzer and field sobriety test results, law enforcement body and car camera footage and more.

There are massive amounts of important evidence to comb through in order to maintain a strong case. Let us handle the many man-hours it takes to put together your claim while you focus on healing from your injuries.

This type of evidence can be compelling and understandably inspire a sense of outrage in members of a jury. Insurance companies are understandably reluctant to take auto accident cases involving drunk drivers to court and may be inclined to reach a favorable settlement without going to trial.

What are Dram Shop Laws (and When Do They Apply)?

The importance of preventing drunk drivers from taking the road has led several states to enact laws imposing liability on businesses (called “dram shop liability”). This means that some businesses such as liquor stores, restaurants and bars that sell or serve alcohol, as well as social hosts that serve alcohol to their guests could be found partially liable if the person they overserved injures someone while driving drunk.

These drunk driving laws treat social hosts, such as people hosting a party, the same as a business that serves alcohol to customers. Dram Shop Law allows a person to sue a business or social host in two situations:

(1) where alcohol was sold or furnished to a person who is underage with knowledge that the person would soon be driving.

(2) where alcoholic beverages are sold or furnished to a person who is in a “state of noticeable intoxication” with knowledge that such person will soon be driving.

Whether the person injured is in another vehicle, a pedestrian, or a passenger in the vehicle with the drunk driver, the law allows the injured person to bring a claim against the person or business that provided the alcohol to the drunk driver.

When a client is injured in a DUI related car wreck, we carefully investigate the source of the alcohol to determine if the person or business responsible for providing alcohol to the drunk driver may be liable. This may include interviewing witnesses at the business or social gathering and reviewing security video to determine that an ID was not checked or an obviously false ID was accepted or that the drunk driver was obviously intoxicated when they were served. States with Dram Shop laws permit recovery for all damages that result from a DUI auto accident.

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The law provides criminal liability for operating a motor vehicle when a driver’s normal faculties are impaired. Anyone who drives when his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds .08 is presumed to have his or her driving ability impaired by alcohol. There is no minimum threshold for operating a vehicle when the substance causing impairment is a drug, whether illegal narcotic, over-the-counter medication or prescription drug.

A driver who is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol when involved in an auto accident engages in reckless behavior that can be the basis for punitive damages in addition to the compensation available for injuries suffered in other types of car accidents. Punitive damages are specifically intended to punish a defendant for particularly egregious conduct and to discourage such conduct in the future.

Seek immediate medical attention and report all symptoms to the medical provider. Even minor symptoms are sometimes connected to significant injuries or medical conditions that do not become completely apparent until later.

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Drunk Driving Crashes Result in More Serious Injuries

Drivers who are operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs are not only more likely to cause a car wreck but also tend to be involved in more serious accidents.

DUI auto accidents often involve excessive speed by the impaired driver, and the increased speed can result in more significant injuries including traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries, severe internal organ damage, paralysis and wrongful death.

Because impaired drivers often receive a DUI conviction, our attorneys use information and evidence from the criminal case to establish a basis for punitive damages in a claim or lawsuit to recover compensation for the injuries and damage caused by a drunk driver. Ironically, most drivers who are involved in DUI auto accidents are repeat offenders with prior convictions for DUI.

Many drivers assume that they can drive safely after having a few drinks. This assumption has no basis in fact as alcohol slows reaction time and affects depth perception, coordination and judgment. Studies show that the risk of a driver being killed in a crash with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 is at least 11 times that of drivers without alcohol in their system. A BAC of .10% increases the risk to 29 times higher. In excess of 20% of alcohol-related auto accident fatalities involve BAC levels which exceed .10%. Some studies conclude that a blood alcohol level as low as .02 affects one’s ability to drive and increases the likelihood of an accident.

What are punitive damages?

Punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, are a type of damages awarded in a civil lawsuit, intended to punish the defendant for their wrongful conduct and deter them and others from engaging in similar conduct in the future. A common example of where punitive damages can be awarded is in a case involving drunk driving. Punitive damages are awarded in addition to compensatory damages, which are intended to compensate the plaintiff for their actual losses.Punitive damages are typically awarded in cases where the defendant’s conduct was particularly egregious, such as intentional misconduct or gross negligence. The purpose of punitive damages is to send a message that such behavior will not be tolerated, and to deter others from engaging in similar conduct.

In determining the amount of punitive damages, the court will consider a variety of factors, including the severity of the defendant’s conduct, the harm suffered by the plaintiff, and the defendant’s financial resources. Punitive damages are usually calculated as a multiple of the compensatory damages awarded, with the exact multiple varying depending on the facts of the case.

It is important to note that punitive damages are not awarded in every case and are generally reserved for the most serious cases of wrongdoing. The availability and amount of punitive damages vary by state and may be limited by state law or court decisions.

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Drinking and driving FAQs

Comprehensive Drinking and Driving Accident Attorney FAQ and Guide

What are punitive damages?
Punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, are a type of damages awarded in a civil lawsuit, intended to punish the defendant for their wrongful conduct and deter them and others from engaging in similar conduct in the future.
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If the accident wasn’t my fault, do I need a lawyer?
You should never sign anything or talk to representatives from the insurance company until you have obtained advice from an experienced auto accident lawyer who can help you level the playing field.
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What are Dram Shop laws?
Dram shop laws refer to the body of laws that govern the liability of businesses that serve alcohol to customers.
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Why do lawyers keep rejecting my DUI case?
While the negligence of the other driver may be clear and the victim's injuries significant, the problem might lie not in obtaining a judgment but in enforcing the judgment.
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Because we can’t stop accidents from happening, we do what we can to help minimize their long-term impact. We put more money in your pocket, where it belongs.