Drunk driving accidents remain a persistent issue in Georgia – including in the city of Valdosta. However, if you are a victim of such a car crash, you have the right to seek compensation from the driver responsible.
There are several laws that come into play when seeking compensation following a collision. Kaine Law can help you navigate these laws and the financial recovery process itself. A Valdosta DUI car accident lawyer from our team is ready to start building your case now.
How Much does It Cost to Hire a DUI Car Accident Lawyer?
Kaine Law helps injured people on a contingency-fee basis. This means:
- You pay nothing upfront to secure our help.
- We take a percentage of your settlement or court award as payment for our help.
- You don’t pay our attorney’s fees unless we secure financial recovery for your losses.
You can learn more about this arrangement during your free case review.
For a free legal consultation with a dui car accident lawyer serving Valdosta, call 404-214-2001
You Generally Have Two Years To File Your Lawsuit
If you were injured in an accident, O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33 gives you up to two years to file your DUI accident lawsuit. The same deadline applies to wrongful death cases.
Missing your deadline will get your suit dismissed. When you partner with our DUI accident team serving Valdosta, we will manage each of your case’s deadlines—including the statute of limitations. We will also gather time-sensitive evidence before it becomes unavailable.
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We’re Ready to Pursue Everything You Deserve for Your Injury-Related Losses
Compensation in your case could account for your past, present, and future injury-related losses. It can even extend to damages that don’t have inherent financial values. Financial recovery can include:
- Medical expenses, including surgeries and medications
- Vehicle repairs
- Lost wages or business earnings
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
Our team can estimate your total damages by calculating your expenses and assessing your injuries. Generally speaking, the more serious your condition, the more you can seek. We can discuss your case’s possible value during your free case review.
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How Kaine Law Will Seek Compensation for Your Injury-Related Losses
To resolve your case, we will:
Investigate Your Collision
Drunk driving is illegal under O.C.G.A. § 40-6-391. Yet, even if the other motorist was clearly intoxicated, you still need evidence to support they were negligent. Our team will investigate your situation and use the following information to build your case:
- The accident report
- Photos and videos of the accident scene
- Black box data
- Traffic camera footage
- Witness testimony
- Statements from accident reconstruction specialists
- Physical evidence from the accident scene
With the information we find, we must assert that because the other driver drove while intoxicated, you suffered an accident and subsequent injuries.
Establish Fault for Your Accident
If you share some fault for the DUI car accident, O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33 can reduce your possible settlement.
For example, suppose you are 45 percent at fault for not braking at a stop sign when the drunk driver crashed into your vehicle. Here, you would only receive 55 percent of your total damages. So, if you were initially entitled to $300,000, you would get $165,000.
We can establish that you didn’t cause the accident by using traffic camera footage, the police report, and witness testimony.
File Your Insurance Claim
The Office of Commissioner of Insurance and Safety Fire notes that all motorists in Georgia must carry auto insurance. So, if another driver caused your accident, you can file a claim with their insurer to seek damages. Each motorist is required to have:
- $25,000 bodily injury liability per individual
- $50,000 injury liability per accident
- $25,000 property damage liability per accident
The liable insurance provider might not offer a fair settlement at first. However, you can trust the team at Kaine Law to advocate for what you need.
File Your Civil Lawsuit
The liable party’s insurance company may not cover your losses. It may argue that because its client drove while intoxicated, it’s not liable for their actions. In that instance, you may need to file a lawsuit to recover what you need. Here, you would sue the at-fault party directly.
This involves taking depositions, giving a statement, and abiding by all courtroom procedures. You don’t have to be intimidated by judicial proceedings. Our team will manage everything your case requires from beginning to end.
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Questions and Answers About DUI Accidents in Valdosta
Some questions you may have on your mind right now include:
How Long Will It Take To Recover Compensation?
How long it takes to resolve your case depends on your situation. Kaine Law will do everything possible to keep your case moving forward. This means responding to emails from the liable parties, filing your case’s paperwork on time, and protecting you from bad faith insurance practices.
How Much Can I Recover for My Losses?
How much you can recover depends on the severity of your injuries, the quality of your case’s evidence, and your financial losses. You can trust that our team will pursue every dollar you need.
Has Kaine Law Recovered Compensation Before?
Kaine Law is a proud member of the Multi-Million-Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership is only extended to firms that have recovered millions of dollars. You can check out some of our case results on our website.
Do I Have to Partner with a Car Accident Lawyer?
You can represent yourself. However, if you do, you will have to manage the legal process on your own. There is no financial risk in partnering with our team – again, you only pay our attorney’s fees if we recover compensation for your hardships.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Today
The aftermath of a drunk driving accident can be fraught with complications. Yet, Kaine Law is always ready to help. Our Valdosta DUI car accident team can guide you through each step of your insurance claim or accident lawsuit.
Our law firm provides legal assistance for injury clients throughout Georgia. We handle personal injury cases ranging from auto accidents to product defects. If you want to discuss your accident with the team, you can always call us and begin your free case review.