What Every Georgia DUI Victim Needs to Know

What Every Georgia DUI Victim Needs to Know

by R. Shane Smith

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Overview

Drunk Driving Statistics

A Two-Path System—Criminal and Civil
The Criminal Process
The Civil Process

DUI-Specific Questions
Will I get justice?
What is the victim witness liaison?
What do victim witness liaisons do?
What is restitution?
What is criminal restitution?
What if it’s the second or more DUI for the person who hit me?
What exactly is DUI?
Do I have to go to the criminal hearing?
What happens at a criminal hearing?
Should I talk to the judge or solicitor?
How do I deal with anger toward a drunk driver?
Should I try to talk to the drunk driver?
What is pain and suffering?
What if I feel sorry for the drunk driver?
What support groups are there for victims of drunk driving?
What am I entitled to as a victim of a drunk driver?
What are punitive damages?
How is a drunk driving victim’s case different from a regular or normal bodily injury case?
What if someone who hits me leaves the scene of the accident before getting tested by the police?
What if the police officer didn’t test for blood alcohol?
What is a “DUI less safe”?
What if the DUI charge is pled down to some other charge, reckless driving or something else?
What if it’s a hit and run?
Do you always get the policy limits?
Do you recover this in every case?

What if I’m not hurt, but they still damaged my car. Can I still get punitive damages?
What if I’m not in my car and someone hits it?
Why do you wait until the criminal portion is done?
What if the person who hit me doesn’t have any insurance?
Are my feelings of anger normal?
Can I sue the bar where the drunk driver was drinking?
What are the insurance limits in Georgia?
What is uninsured motorist insurance? How does it apply in any case?
What is Georgia’s Dram Shop Act?
Who may bring a drunk driving dram shop or social host case?
What is a social host’s liability?
What does the impact on losing a loved one have on the case?
How should a DUI case be handled?
Will the drunk driver’s insurance fix my car?

General Accident Questions
How do I get my car fixed?
Can I see my own doctor?
Can I see a chiropractor?
Should I use my health insurance?
How do I find out who the other party’s insurance company is?

Statutes of Limitations

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148582847
Publisher: Word Association Publishers
Publication date: 07/16/2013
Series: Legal Guide Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 54
File size: 129 KB

About the Author

“I have developed the portion of our practice that represents victims of drunk driving … Those hit by drunk drivers have needs different from those of a ‘regular’ car accident victim.”
R. SHANE SMITH considers drunk driving a crime, an intentional crime—not just an “accident,” and he offers victims of this crime the advice they need in their quest for justice. He knows from experience that victims of DUI accidents have to contend with the criminal and the civil trials the perpetrator goes through, two separate “legs” of the complex process of getting justice.

Smith has also seen close up the emotional turmoil victims of drunk drivers can suffer and knows the damage it can cause. He will tell you that anger and grief are completely normal, and he offers steps you can take to mitigate this additional burden.

R. Shane Smith has been practicing personal injury law in the Atlanta area since 2000.

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