Drunk Driving Accident Focuses Attention on DUI Drivers with Prior Offenses


February 03, 2011

A drunk driver, Hannah Nicole Freeman, was arrested following a collision with an eleven-year-old boy that left the victim in critical condition. This was Freeman's third DUI arrest since September 27, 2009. The boy was walking with his father in Coweta County as Freeman struck the boy, seriously injuring him. The police charged Freeman with DUI, failure to maintain the driver's lane and causing serious injury. This is exactly the type of tragic story that often results when drunk drivers are not kept off of the road. It is particularly appalling that this DUI accident occurred after the driver had been arrested on two prior occasions for DUI within a four-month period.

If you are the victim of a drunk driver or if a member of your family was killed in a drunk driving accident in Georgia, you should contact Montlick and Associates to seek legal advice regarding your right to fair compensation. Our Georgia DUI auto accident lawyers have been helping families for over 25 years and will vigorously pursue compensation for your drunk driving related injuries.

An average of 1,500,000 people per year are arrested annually for drunk driving in the U.S., and it is estimated that approximately fifty percent of all drivers that are arrested for DUI are repeat offenders. Data on the habits of repeat DUI offenders reveal that they typically drive under the influence of alcohol an average of four times per week or 200 times a year and routinely drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or almost twice the legal limit under Georgia DUI law. One study found that a driver with a BAC of .15 is a shocking 300-600 times more likely to be involved in a car accident than a person who has not been drinking. These repeat offenders are responsible for approximately sixty percent of all DUI accident related injuries and fatalities.

The best Georgia DUI auto accident attorneys know how to deal with the special issues involved in a drunk driving auto accident, including taking proper steps to obtain all appropriate damages, including punitive damages, to punish and discourage drunk driving.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, can pursue a drunk driving accident claim and help you obtain financial compensation for your injuries including but not limited to medical costs, lost wages, permanent disability, pain and suffering, and property damage. If you are involved in an auto accident or pedestrian accident with a drunk driver, we may also pursue punitive damages. Punitive or exemplary damages significantly increase the amount of compensation a drunk driving accident victim receives and may amount to substantially more than all other damages combined. Punitive damages are designed to financially punish and make an example out of a person who engages in particularly egregious conduct, such as, repeatedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing those who suffer serious injuries or wrongful death throughout Georgia for over 25 years. Our experienced Georgia drunk driving auto accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24 hour Live Online Chat.  We are dedicated to providing exceptional service to each of our clients, and to our goal of being the best auto accident attorneys in Georgia.

Category: Auto Accidents

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