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Who Can You Hold Liable in a Drunk Driving Accident?

Every year, drunk drivers cause hundreds of accidents in Georgia that result in serious injuries and fatalities. If you suffer a serious injury or a loved one dies because of a drunk driver’s negligence, an accident attorney can protect your rights and help you seek compensation.

The drunk driver is the most obvious source of compensation in a lawsuit. Proving negligence on the part of the driver is generally not that difficult, especially when police arrive at the scene and arrest the driver for DUI (driving under the influence). Your attorney can sue the driver for damages, which typically involves negotiating a settlement with the driver’s insurance company. However, under Georgia law, there also can be another source of compensation in a drunk driving accident. Georgia statute § 51-1-40 – Liability for acts of intoxicated persons holds liable anyone who sells, furnishes or serves alcoholic beverages to minors or individuals who are visibly intoxicated. Liability attaches when injury, death or damages result from the intoxicated driver getting into their car and causing an accident. Parties most prone to this type of liability are bars, restaurants, liquor stores or convenience stores that serve or sell alcohol. Also, the person who serves or sells the alcohol must know that the intoxicated person is going to drive a motor vehicle and the individual’s drunken state must be noticeable.

By consulting with an accident lawyer in Atlanta, you can find out about your options for legal recourse and protect your rights.

Kaine Law has the skills and experience to handle drunk driving accidents and other types of vehicle accidents that result in serious injury or death.

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  • "I was involved in an auto-accident with a drunk driver and after several weeks of frustrating interactions with their insurance company, I decided to contact Evan Kaine. He was upfront and honest about how the process works and never made any promises or raised my expectations. Evan understood that my first priority was to take care of the medical expenses that I incurred and he completely delivered. Communication is essential and I spoke directly with him and was never pawned off to another person. Bottom line - Evan Kaine gives lawyers a good name." - M.T. Atlanta, GA

  • "Evan Kaine is a great attorney who kept me informed on all activity regarding my case. Always willing to go the extra mile to put me at ease. Very knowledgeable and thorough, always examining my case from every angle. I have recommended him to several friends and will continue to do so. Overall great legal service." - B.S. Roswell, GA

  • "My boyfriend Michael was hit by a drunk driver while he was driving my car. Even though I wasn't involved in the accident, Evan made every effort to make the process of getting my new car painless for me. He worked with my insurance company, kept in touch with me personally, and made me aware that he was working on my case around the clock. He also helped Michael get his medical bills paid ASAP. I would highly recommend Evan Kaine! " - B.D. Atlanta, GA

  • "I was in a minor car accident and wasn’t sure that I even had a case. I met with Evan and he explained the law in terms I could understand. I immediately hired him and Evan turned my questionable case into more than $50,000.00! Evan is upfront, honest and expects the same from his clients – and he doesn’t take half of your money! I highly recommend Attorney Evan Kaine." - G.S., Smyrna, Georgia

  • "To everyone LIKE ME who has had to deal with attorneys AND has that bad taste in their mouth because they have been taken advantage of because their lawyers are more interested in making money and not caring about YOU, well please allow me to introduce you to Evan Kaine. I was in a very tight position and Evan could not have been more professional, courteous or kind and, again, HONEST! Once more, as a person who has been through the trials and tribulations with lawyers, good, bad or indifferent, if you have an issue, PLEASE contact Evan and I mean this from the heart! " - R.K., Suwanee, Georgia and Palm Beach, Florida

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