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Jackson County students learn about DUI dangers

In the mind of a young person, an accident may be something that will "never happen to them." Many teens carry this idea that they are safe from situations that cause devastation. Students of Jackson County recently observed a demonstration that proved this idea wrong.

The Sherriff of the county brought in the stories of two Georgia men whose lives will never be the same because of drinking and driving. The first was involved in a crash that resulted in the deaths of a married couple. The second involved a man who suffered a traumatic brain injury because of a drunk driver. The second man had to use a walker to get around and has to use the help of an iPad to speak. Both men travel to tell their stories and they hope to influence change.

Traumatic accidents often stem from drinking and driving behind the wheel. A traumatic brain injury is one such result that can completely change the life of an individual forever. A brain injury can impact one's ability to work, live independently and do many day-to-day tasks that they were once able to do.

When a brain injury results from the negligence of another in the state of Georgia, the injured party is able to petition to the court system in order to claim damages. A party is negligent when they fail to uphold a reasonable duty and an injury is the direct result of that failure. Many things may be considered negligent behavior, one of which is getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.

Legal claims for brain injuries can help an individual recover from an accident. Injured parties are able to gain compensation for their past medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering and missed wages.

A traumatic brain injury claim can prove to be an extremely complex case. Injured parties in Georgia should turn to the help of an experienced legal professional in order to protect their interests and rights.

Source:, "Real stories of DUI choices come to Jackson County students," Derreck Booth, Sept. 11, 2013

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