DUI with a Wreck in Georgia
When an intoxicated driver causes a wreck, he or she will be subject to a number of criminal and civil proceedings. First, the state of Georgia will file criminal charges. Then, the victim in the wreck may also choose to file civil charges to seek monetary damages.
DUI and Reckless Driving
The first criminal charges that may be filed are DUI and/or reckless driving charges. Depending on the specifics (including any prior DUI or moving violations) the penalties associated with a conviction could include jail time, fines, license loss and probation.
Serious Injury by Vehicle
If the accident resulted in a serious injury, it may be possible for additional criminal charges to be filed. The accused must first be charged with DUI and/or reckless driving before being charged with Serious Injury By Vehicle.
This offense is a felony in Georgia, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
The injured party in a DUI-related wreck may sue the driver for damages. The driver’s insurance company would be responsible to pay and, often, insurance companies are more likely to settle out of court to avoid the cost and likely loss at trial.
Were You Involved in a DUI-Related Accident?
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that stemmed from a DUI, it is imperative that you work with an attorney who has experience with various traffic-related offenses. Contact the Zdrillich Law Group for help with your case today.