Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, is licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia. Based in Gwinnett County, he handles serious injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. Call him for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585.
According to statistics from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in an average year in this state there are 300+ alcohol impaired driving fatalities. In 2015, the most recent year published on the office’s website, that number was 366. In other words, on average, a person died every day in Georgia because of a drunk driving accident.
Those numbers are both scary and shocking. I spent the first three plus years of my career prosecuting DUI (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-391) offenders. I then spent over six years prosecuting major felony cases including complex DUI based felony Vehicular Homicides (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-393) and Serious Injury by Vehicle (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-394) cases. The effects of the actions of selfish individuals who make the decision to get behind the wheel impaired are far-reaching and devastating. Families are torn apart. Parents, children, spouses, and loved ones are with us one moment and then gone in an instant with no opportunity to say goodbye.
Driving under the influence cases can be very complex with scientific and evidentiary foundation battles at trial. DUI offenses in Georgia are not just limited to alcohol intoxication, but also include impairment from illegal and prescription drugs and inhalants (glue, aerosol, and toxic vapors). The commonly used phrase “drunk driving” is not a correct statement of the law. The law prohibits a person from driving while under the influence to the extent he is less safe to drive than if not otherwise affected by the intoxicant. In other words, it is a strict standard where “buzzed driving” is against the law and not just “drunk driving.”
These cases often involve complex accident reconstruction evidence and need to be handled by an experienced attorney. In addition to the impaired driver’s automobile insurance coverage there is potential recovery from uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage and sometimes dram shop laws such as O.C.G.A. § 51-1-40 can apply to hold liable the person or business who served alcohol to a noticeably intoxicated person who the person or business knew would be driving. Please contact me to protect your rights and to hold the DUI offender accountable.
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed by a DUI driver and would like to speak with an attorney contact Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation.
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