A man was killed early Saturday morning when he was struck by an alleged DUI driver on Mars Hill Road in Cobb County, Georgia. According to news reports, the victim was a married father of four who was standing outside his truck placing signs on the roadway. The victim was transported by ambulance to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital but unfortunately did not survive. Cobb County police officers who responded to the scene arrested the alleged DUI driver after observing him stumbling and swaying. The alleged DUI driver, who was not injured in the accident, has been charged with first degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol, and failure to maintain lane. The alleged DUI driver was booked into the Cobb County jail and being held without bond.
Such a tragedy highlights the dangers of driving while impaired. Unfortunately, the lawyers at our firm have regularly handled cases on behalf of victims who have been injured by a DUI driver. In our experience, juries will render a large verdict against a DUI driver who injures an innocent victim. In addition, Georgia law does not impose a statutory maximum for punitive damages against defendant who is a DUI driver. Under O.C.G.A. § 51-12-5.1, there is no punitive damages cap where the defendant acted while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
What to do if you are injured by a DUI driver:
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident caused by a DUI driver, please call the attorneys at Glass & Robson at (404) 751-4702 for a free consultation. The attorneys at our firm have handled numerous cases for car accident victims hurt by DUI drivers and we welcome the opportunity to speak with you.