Despite advanced safety features and technologies, auto accidents can be devastating for those involved. The causes of these types of vehicle crashes can include driving while distracted, drowsy, or even while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
On May 7, 2011, drunk driving resulted in an injury-causing crash in Kennesaw, Georgia. Early on that morning, a 44 year old woman was turning left onto Barrett Parkway from Cobb Place Boulevard/Home Center Drive. She had a green light, but another driver ran a red light and struck her car from behind.
When Cobb County police officers responded to the scene, it was determined that the drive that ran the red light and caused the crash was at fault. Not only was he not paying attention, he ran a red light, followed too closely, and was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He was taken into police custody immediately for the DUI.
The injured victim of the crash experienced significant injuries as a result of the drunken driving crash. She experienced neck, back, and shoulder pain, as well as frequent severe headaches. She underwent multiple x-rays for her shoulder and head, as well as arthroscopic surgery on her right shoulder. She was required to attend numerous physical therapy sessions and continues to suffer from her injuries as a result of the drunk driving incident.
After the victim consulted with Jones & Swanson, our attorneys decided to represent her in a legal claim for damages to compensate for her high medical costs, as well as pain and suffering. While investigating the incident and parties involved, attorney Andrew Jones discovered that this was not the defendant’s first DUI. In fact, the at-fault driver of this crash had been charged with three other DUIs in the three years prior to the crash. This information, along with facts from the crash and documented medical treatment, allowed a settlement to be reached for our client in the amount of $200,000. This compensation will help pay for damages to the victim, including her past and future medical bills, loss of earning capability, pain, and suffering that she otherwise would not have experienced. This drunken driving auto crash significantly altered her life, but she will be better equipped to handle challenges with this reparation.
Accidents caused by a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol are disappointing, but those at-fault drivers can be brought to justice. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash caused by another party, contact Jones & Swanson today to find out what steps to take next. We are available online at www.awjlaw.com and by phone at (770) 427-5498.