Huntsville and Decatur DUI Accidents Lawyers
At Garnett & Patterson, our goal is to reduce the number of DUI crashes and deaths in Huntsville, Decatur, and the rest of northern Alabama. Our firm donates part of the legal fee in every DUI accident case to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Our car accident lawyers also frequently provide information to raise awareness on drunk driving accidents.
Every day, about 28 people in the United States die in drunk driving accidents – that’s one person every 52 minutes. Every two minutes, someone is injured in a drunk driving accident. These crashes are all preventable. In 2019, 856 Alabama motorists were killed car accidents. In 2019, 248 Alabama motorists were killed in drunk driving accidents, representing 29% of all Alabama car accident fatalities.
Drunk driving slows a person’s reaction time, making the driver more likely to cause a car accident. Careless drivers who choose to drive while drunk can be held legally responsible for any damage arising from the car wrecks they cause.
In a drunk driving accident, there are two types of civil damages- compensatory damages and punitive damages. There are also criminal penalties for driving while under the influence.
Drunk drivers are notorious for trying to flee after a DUI accident. Many hit and run accidents involve drunk drivers. If a driver leaves the scene of an accident with injuries, the driver can be charged with a felony, in addition to the misdemeanor drunk driving charge.
Why You Need a Lawyer When You Are the Victim of a DUI Accident
If you or a loved one are the victim of a drunk driving accident, contact a DUI accident lawyer who is trying to make a difference and prevent future drunk driving accidents. Become a part of our team as we try to make a difference. Call our DUI accident lawyers for a free consultation as you try to find the best drunk driving accident lawyer for your case.
Drunk driving frequently leads to car accidents with serious injuries. The car accident lawyers at Garnett & Patterson have handled many car accident cases involving drunk drivers. It is wise to hire a car accident lawyer with experience investigating and litigating drunk driver cases.
Drunk driving accidents usually result in criminal charges, as well as a civil lawsuit. For the criminal case, the victim is represented by a city prosecutor or assistant district attorney. The car accident lawyers at Garnett & Patterson have great working relationships with city and county prosecutors across northern Alabama, including Huntsville, Madison County, Decatur, and Morgan County prosecutors.
When we are hired to represent a victim of a drunk driving accident, we immediately begin our car accident investigation. Our investigations are frequently more detailed and thorough than the police officers or deputies who are dispatched to the scene immediately after the collision.
During our investigation, our investigators obtain photographs of the scene of the crash, physical evidence like skid marks, and of the vehicles involved in the accident. We also obtain copies of the police investigation file and quickly obtain statements from any eyewitnesses.
During our investigation, we also search for receipts in the drunk driver’s vehicle. Occasionally, we find receipts from liquor stores or gas stations where the drunk driver purchased alcohol. This evidence can lead to a dram shop case against the seller of the alcohol.
Preserving this evidence is important. It is important to start investigating drunk driving accidents quickly before evidence disappears.
Our DUI Accident lawyers turn over every stone in DUI accident cases. It is not unusual for other defendants to be brought into the lawsuit, in addition to the drunk driver. For example, if the drunk driver was overserved by a bar or restaurant, or if the drunk driver is driving someone else’s vehicle.
At the conclusion of every DUI accident case, Garnett & Patterson donates a portion of the legal fees to Mothers Against Drunk Driving in honor of the firm’s client.