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Mother Dies On Her Way To Work In Suspected Drunk Driving Accident

A 23-year-old mother was killed in a suspected drunk driving accident while she was driving to work in Gwinnett, GA this July. According to police, 31-year-old Tyquan Samuel drove into oncoming traffic at the intersection of Buford and Brentbrooke Drives at around 9 a.m. He allegedly drove his black sedan over a median and crashed into 23-year-old Sinee Hicks’ vehicle.

Both cars ignited. Hicks suffered burns on more than 60 percent of her body. Two other people were injured in the accident. The accident happened on July 14, but Hicks just passed away at a hospital on Friday, July 27.

Samuel has been charged with homicide by vehicle, DUI, and other charges following a 10-day investigation.

Do Families Of Drunk Driving Victims Have Legal Recourse?

Unexpectedly losing a family member in a preventable accident is one of life’s worst tragedies. The families of fatal drunk driving accident victims deserve justice and support for the pain they go through. Seeing perpetrators arrested, charged, convicted, and sentenced is a major part of securing justice, but the criminal justice system focuses more on punishing offenders than helping victims.

Along with dealing with unimaginable grief, families who lose a family member in an unexpected accident often suffer from a variety of both economic and noneconomic difficulties. A loss of financial support, medical and funeral expenses, and costs of therapy are just a few examples of financial setbacks suffered by families of drunk driving victims. Filing a wrongful death (or personal injury lawsuit if the victim survived) can help provide financial support for these expenses, along with noneconomic ones like pain and suffering.

Can Bars & Restaurants Be Sued For Serving Drunk Drivers In Georgia?

In Georgia, along with most other states, businesses that sell alcohol have a legal responsibility to stop serving patrons who are “noticeably intoxicated”, as well as a responsibility to ask for identification and refuse to sell alcohol to anyone under age 21. When a bar, restaurant, or other establishment fails to follow this law and someone they served drives drunk and causes an accident, that establishment can be sued for damages by the victim and/or their family. This is known as a “dram shop law”.

Determining if this law applies to a particular case requires a careful investigation, both by law enforcement and a drunk driver victims’ lawyer. If the person who caused the accident had been served alcohol despite the fact that they were visibly intoxicated or under the legal drinking age, the establishment who served them could be held liable for damages.

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Brian Kent, Esq. is a partner at Laffey, Bucci & Kent. Brian is nationally recognized as a leading attorney victims' rights lawyer. He has represented numerous clients who have been injured because of criminal actions of another including, sexual abuse cases, hit by drunk driver cases, and negligent security cases.

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