In 2014, Georgia roads saw 1,164 drunk driving fatalities. Drunk driving is a serious problem everywhere in the United States, often leading to severe consequences such as injury or death. Driving while under the influence of any type of drug or alcohol is not only against the law, but is also considered reckless and dangerous behavior. In addition, victims of car accident injuries due to DUI drivers tend to feel exceptionally hurt If you’ve suffered an injury caused by a drunk driver in Atlanta, the lawyers at ChancoSchiffer P.C. can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Georgia law outlines specific drinking and driving laws. For people 21 and older, a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of more than 0.08% is illegal. Drivers under 21 cannot legally drive with a blood alcohol content level of more than 0.02%. Commercial and professional drivers are illegally driving if they have a blood alcohol content level of more than 0.04%. Georgia also has an “open container law” that prohibits someone from driving with an alcoholic beverage inside the vehicle, including containers with broken seals or containers that of partially consumed beverages. The law applies to driving on the road or parking on the shoulder of a public highway.
Georgia has an implied consent law. By getting behind the wheel and driving on Georgia roads, you automatically agree to chemical tests that detect alcohol and drugs in your body. If a police officer pulls someone over for driving under the influence, the driver must take whichever test the officer selects, which is usually either a blood, urine, or breath test. On your first time refusing to take the test, the court can suspend your license for one year. A second refusal to take the test warrants a license suspension for three years. If you refuse in a third instance, the court can suspend your license for five years.
In Georgia, if a bar or establishment continues to serve someone who is clearly inebriated and who would likely be getting behind the wheel, the organization may be responsible for any injuries that occur from the drunken person driving. Called the dram shop law, Georgia Code 51-1-40 allows victims to sue such establishments after they’ve suffered harm due to the irresponsible serving of alcohol. They may also be responsible if they knowingly served someone under 21 years of age.
If you suffered an injury caused by a drunk driver, we can hold those responsible accountable and seek the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at ChancoSchiffer P.C. have extensive knowledge and experience with Georgia’s drinking and driving laws, including training related to DUI detection, standardized field sobriety testing, training on the intoxilyzer 5000 and intoxilyzer 9000, training in the drug recognition expert program. We also have an attorney that is a standardized field sobriety testing instructor. This translates into us understanding exactly how serious drinking and driving is and we will treat it as such. Contact ChancoSchiffer P.C. for dedicated and determined representation in your claim against a drunk driver in Atlanta.