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Who Can Be Held Liable for a Drunk Driving Accident in Georgia?

If you were involved in a car accident which was caused by a drunk driver in Georgia, sometimes they are not the only party who can be held accountable for your damages and injuries. When determining liability in a DUI-related collision, your personal injury attorney must conduct a thorough investigation to find out who can be held responsible.

The following are the potential parties which can be held liable for a drunk driving crash in Georgia:

  • Drivers – The drunk drivers are held liable for their actions and behavior, which includes deciding to drink and drive. A DUI arrest and charge is enough evidence of negligence.
  • Bar or restaurant owners and staff – In some cases, the owners or employees of the bar or restaurant which served the alcohol to the drunk driver may be held liable if they intentionally served the alcohol to an obviously intoxicated individual. They have an obligation to stop serving alcohol to those who appear intoxicated.
  • Party host – Hosts of parties and gatherings where alcohol is being served may also be held responsible if one of their guests causes a drunk driving collision, and it is determined that they provided alcohol to the obviously intoxicated individual.
  • Negligent entrustment – An owner of a vehicle who negligently allows someone they know or should have known was too inebriated to drive their vehicle can also be held liable for damages and injuries caused by the drunk driver.

Due to the complexities of the DUI laws in Georgia, proving liability can be extremely difficult without an experienced lawyer on your side. Our Woodstock personal injury attorney at Hartman-Imbriale LLP can guide you through the intricacies of the legal system and your case in order to recover the most reasonable compensation possible to cover medical bills, lost earnings, property damage, as well as pain and suffering.

If you suffered an injury in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, contact us and request a free consultation today.

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