Drunk Drivers who Cause Car Accidents Can be Civilly Punished

Despite the media spotlight shifting to car accidents caused by driving and texting, the number one killer remains drunk driving in Georgia. As drunk driving car accident lawyers, we civilly prosecute drunk drivers who injure and kill innocent victims across the State of Georgia. This traffic camera video of a drunk driver plowing into an unsuspecting victim demonstrates the human consequences to selfish decision making. One victim was killed and another was left with a serious brain injury. The victim’s parents want this video spread as far as possible to deter other drivers from making this tragic decision.

Although the criminal justice system is charged with the primary responsibility for punishment, Georgia law also recognizes that there should be a civil punishment for drinking and driving when you cause an injury. O.C.G.A. § 51-12-5.1 provides for punitive damages when the person behaves with a reckless indifference to the consequences of their behavior.


For more information on civil punitive damages when you have been hit by a drunk driver in Georgia, check our website.