Atlanta Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

We Have a History of Success Helping Victims of Car Accidents in GADrunk Driving Accident in Atlanta

While there have been great strides in increasing awareness regarding the dangers of drinking and driving, it has not eliminated the problem. In fact, according to The Century Council, there were nearly 300 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in Georgia in 2011, causing a rate of 2.8 fatalities per 100,000 persons. These statistics clearly demonstrate how much drunken driving is consistently a danger on today's roadways.

The fact remains that drinking and driving is one of the purest forms of negligent, reckless behavior that someone can perform behind the wheel. When someone drinks and then drives, they make a decision that places their lives in danger, as well as those of everyone around them.

If you have been injured due to a drunk driver, call our Atlanta car accident firm today for a free consultation.

What is so dangerous about drinking and driving?

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), an estimated one out of every three fatal car crashes involved a driver or pedestrian who was impaired by alcohol. This causes more than 13,000 people to lose their lives annually, and hundreds of thousands to suffer injuries. So what makes alcohol such a dangerous thing to combine with drinking? The way that it affects the brain.

Alcohol causes drivers to have slowed reaction time, impaired judgment, and can make them sleepy. Due to the ever-changing circumstances of driving, drivers need to be exactly the opposite of that-they need to be attentive, on their toes, and able to make snap decisions. For this reason, impaired driving is completely lethal.

At what point does alcohol affect a driver?

  • 0.02% BAC: A driver who has reached 0.02 percent will most likely begin to feel relaxed with perhaps some minor impairment in judgment. For the most part, they will feel normal.
  • 0.05% BAC: At this point, a driver will have significantly impaired psychomotor performance, and will not be able to move their eyes as quickly. Their reaction time will be slowed, and their visual perception will be impaired, especially with their peripheral vision.
  • 0.08% BAC: Drivers will begin to experience poor muscle coordination, causing problems with everything from their balance to their speech to their vision. They will also have problems detecting danger and making judgment calls, as well as reasoning and controlling their speed.

Why It Is Important to Retain an Attorney

Following a drunken driving accident, you may be comforted by the fact that the perpetrator will be slapped with criminal charges. It, however, is important to recognize that these are completely separate from a civil case. Criminal cases are designed to penalize the criminal, but not to help you. For this reason, it is crucial that you enlist the help of a knowledgeable Atlanta accident attorney who can represent you in the pursuit of a civil case. By filing a personal injury case, you will be able to pursue compensation to help cover the costs of the accident. This could range from the cost of medical expenses to lost wages to a decrease in quality of life.

Protecting the Victims of Drunk Driving AccidentsKalka & Baer, LLC

If you are looking for someone who can protect your rights as a victim of a drunken driving accident, you need not look any further. At Kalka & Baer, we understand how daunting it can be to pursue a civil case following a DUI accident and we want you to know that you are not alone.

By working with an experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer from our firm, you can have the qualified legal representation you deserve. We have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers® Rising Star℠, Georgia's Top 100 Lawyers, Super Lawyers® and have been named in National Trial Lawyers' list of Top 40 Under 40 in 2012 and 2013.

We know what it takes to protect injury victims' rights. Call our Atlanta car accident attorneys today.