Drunk Driving Accidents



The Nelson Law Group attorney Pierce Blitch prosecuted his first drunk driver in 2013 as an Assistant Solicitor General. After about a year as a Richmond County State Court Assistant Solicitor General, he was called upon to serve as an Assistant District Attorney in Burke, Richmond and Columbia Counties, Georgia representing the State of Georgia and its citizens against drunk drivers. As an Assistant District Attorney he successfully prosecuted cases of driving under the influence (DUI), serious injury by vehicle and homicide by vehicle in addition to serious felonies such as murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, child molestation, rape, burglary, and drug offenses. His law partners and fellow personal injury attorneys, Simon Williams and Mark Shaefer also cut their teeth prosecuting the same kinds of cases as Assistant District Attorneys in Burke, Richmond and Columbia Counties, Georgia.


After leaving the District Attorney’s Office for private law practice in their Georgia hometown, they successfully defended many DUI cases as they had learned to dismantle the state’s witnesses testimony and evidence on the scientific research of blood alcohol as well as missteps by law enforcement in documenting their findings in driving under the influence cases. As an Evans Georgia personal injury lawyers representing the victims of many drunk driving accident cases, the attorneys of The Nelson Law Group apply all that experience to represent the victims of drunk driving accidents.


Drunk driving accidents cause deaths dozens of times every day and hundreds of people are injured by drunk drivers, many times catastrophically, in the United States every day. This is despite the emergence of organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) and ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. When a driver decides to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and causes a crash leading to injuries or death, the victims of the car accident, truck accident, motorbike accident, or pedestrian accident might sue for monetary damages for his/her injuries in a civil case. That is all together different from any kind of criminal prosecution of the drunk driver.


In Georgia, lawyers might present evidence of prior and/or subsequent incidents of drunk driving in the punitive damages of a trial after the jury has decided liability and compensatory damages such as medical expenses, income loss and mental and physical pain and suffering.

At The Nelson Law Group we have delivered aggressive, compassionate and effective legal representation to victims of drunk drivers throughout Georgia. We aggressively pursue claims against drunk drivers who cause significant injury or wrongful death.


Insurance Issues

Effective representation of clients in drunk driving accident cases calls for meticulous analysis of liability insurance coverage, uninsured/ underinsured motorist insurance coverage and medical lien matters in order to efficiently obtain the optimal results for the client. With over three decades experience in insurance law, and as former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute, Ken Shigley has the background to manage the insurance coverage analysis as well as proof of liability and damages in drunk driving personal injury and wrongful death cases.


Dram Shop Liability

When a bar, taverns, liquor store, restaurant and many other business establishment serves alcohol to a person who is visibly intoxicated, the victims might take legal action against the seller for damages for personal injury or wrongful death. Dram shop liability pertains to the body of law regulating the legal obligation of establishments selling alcohol to visibly intoxicated people or minors who then cause death or injury to others.


Call the law offices of The Nelson Law Group today at 706-434-8770 if you have been in a drunk driving accident or dram shop liability accident in Evans Georgia.