Under Georgia state law regarding a drunk driving accident, drivers who are suspected of drinking while driving must consent to a urine, breath or blood test. If the driver refuses, this can be used as evidence later on, in addition to other reports and documentation.
Evidence is extremely important in a drunk driving accident case. Without it, the victim’s chances of receiving fair and full compensation for his or her injuries are slim to none.
Evidence in a Drunk Driving Accident
Collecting evidence to prove the defendant of your case was drunk driving can be daunting and may seem merely impossible. At this time, it’s important you know that a personal injury law firm is available to help collect evidence that will be necessary for pursuing such a case. This can include a copy of the police report and the results of any chemical tests.
The police report could include observations made, such as the driver slurring his or her words or stumbling. If a test is given at the scene of the accident, the results may be indicated on the report. Blood tests are not usually done at the scene, so obtaining these results may require an extra effort on the part of your car accident lawyer.
If there were any eyewitnesses to the drunk driving accident, a personal injury law firm could submit their statements as evidence. It could include what the witness saw prior to the crash, such as the driver swerving or drifting out of his or her lane. Or immediately following the accident they may have noticed behavior that was indicative of being under the influence.
Even without obvious signs of impairment, a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08 or higher could lead to a DUI conviction. If the driver is a repeat offender, there could be stiff penalties.
Help from a Personal Injury Law Firm after a Drunk Driving Accident
If you are seeking justice for the injuries you or someone you love suffered as a result of an impaired driver, speak with an attorney at the Law Offices of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. at 404-474-0804. You may be entitled to compensation for damages such as your current and future medical bills, lost income, and earning potential (if you are now disabled). Victims of a drunk driving accident could also be eligible to recover other damages such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, disability and more.