Car Slams Into Steakhouse, Highlighting Risks Posed By Impaired Drivers
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious public health issue in the Atlanta area. Impaired drivers are often a danger to themselves and others while they are on the road and can cause serious injury when they are involved in accidents. According to a report1 published by Forsyth Herald, a 19-year old woman drove her car into the Longhorn Steakhouse on Market Place Boulevard on November 21st. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), failure to maintain a lane, reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions, and driving on the wrong side of the road. One restaurant patron was injured in the incident, and the driver was transported to the hospital.
While this incident did not result in serious injuries, it illustrates the risk that drunk drivers pose to everyone, including people who are not even on the road. Fortunately, in many cases, an experienced Cumming car accident attorney can help victims obtain justice.
People injured by drunk drivers can often recover significant compensation
A fundamental tenet of personal injury law is that individuals that are hurt by the negligence of others are entitled to compensation for their injuries. Negligence, as a general rule, occurs when a person fails to conduct himself or herself with the degree of care that would ordinarily be exercised by a reasonably prudent person. In addition, people who violate laws that are designed to protect public safety can often be deemed automatically negligent if the violation results in injury to another person.
In almost every conceivable case, a person who drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be deemed negligent, meaning that anyone hurt in an accident caused by a drunk driver will likely be able to recover for their losses. The kinds of losses that are often recoverable in a personal injury2 case by a drunk driver include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
To determine whether you have a case, call the car accident lawyers of Boling Rice LLC today at 770-887-3162 or send us an email through our online contact form.