Woman Facing Multiple Charges For Fatal Collision With Motorcyclist
An Atlanta woman is facing several serious charges after her vehicle collided with a motorcycle in the early morning hours of Sunday, September 16, killing the rider. According to Atlanta police, 34-year-old Christie Taylor was drunk when she ran a red light at the intersection of Edgewood Avenue and Bell Street at around 3 a.m. on Sunday, fatally colliding with the motorcyclist.
The name of the victim has not yet been released. Taylor has been charged with homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence, speeding, and several other driving-related offenses. There is no information about Taylor’s first court date.
Legal Recourse For Families of Fatal DUI Crash Victims in Georgia
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps drunk driving victims and their families secure the financial compensation they deserve. Here is his perspective on the legal options available to drunk driving victims in Georgia:
When innocent people are injured or killed in alcohol-related accidents, these victims (and the families of fatal accident victims) often decide to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the individual who caused the accident. Georgia is one of many states that also have third-party liability laws called “dram shop” laws, which allow alcohol vendors to be held liable for providing alcohol to drunk drivers, in certain situations.
According to Georgia’s dram shop law, alcohol vendors (like bars, restaurants, liquor stores, etc.) can be held liable for alcohol-related accidents if they:
- “willfully, knowingly, or unlawfully” served alcohol to a minor under age 21, or
- “knowingly” served alcohol to someone who was under age 21, and
- the establishment knew that the minor or intoxicated person would soon be driving a motor vehicle.
For example, imagine that a bar customer is slurring their words, stumbling, and obviously intoxicated. That customer then puts their keys on the bar and asks for “one more drink before I drive home.” If the bartender serves that customer and the customer then causes a drunk driving accident that night, anyone injured in the accident, along with the family members of anyone killed in the accident, may have grounds for a dram shop claim against the bar.
If you or someone you love has recently been hit by a drunk driver and you’d like to learn more about your legal options, consider speaking with an experienced DUI victims lawyer.