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      Scott Pryor

      Scott is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is listed in the top 1% of trial attorneys in the nation by the Litigator Awards. He is also a member of Super Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association—Champion Level and sits on the Communications Committee of GTLA, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

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      JJ Timmons

      J. J. Timmons graduated from Mercer Law School in 2000. He spent many years thereafter doing insurance defense work in general liability and workers’ compensation for several insurance companies and a major automobile manufacturer. He eventually realized that he was working on the wrong side and has been representing plaintiffs and injured workers for the last seven years.

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      Zahra Jacobs

      Zahra has a background in Project Management and Change Management with 18 years of experience in financial services. Throughout her career Zahra has implemented large scale transformation initiatives of processes and applications keeping people at the forefront. Zahra is very driven and solutions oriented and cares about people. She is also bilingual. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband, beautiful daughter, and their many pets (2 dogs, and 3 cats).

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      Angie Hemmings

      Angie Hemmings joined Scott Pryor Law just last year, and has already made her mark on the Firm. Her previous employment on staff at a local church prepared Angie for her current role in client relations and marketing. Meeting prospective clients, checking in regularly with current clients, and staying in touch with former clients are what Angie is passionate about. She wants you to know that you and your family are important to her.

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      Gilbert Abad

      Mr. Abad is an expert with over eighteen years of experience in the legal field, holds numerous degrees, and is bilingual. Over his career, Mr. Abad had the pleasure of training attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, and office staff on legal issues and procedures. He has also taught Introduction to Law and Legal Research and Writing as an adjunct professor at Gwinnett College. He has served in the U.S. Army, and has served with the United Nations in Macedonia as a U.N. Peacekeeper.

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      Kianna Lanier

      Having recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Political Science, Kianna Lanier has long term goals to pursue a career as an attorney. She first recognized her interest in law through her studies in journalism which allowed her to build proficient writing skills. From there she was able to secure multiple internships where she acquired immense knowledge in legal research.

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    • Amanda Wood
      Amanda Wood

      Amanda is a great recent addition to the Scott Pryor Law team, and is making a difference daily with her great organizational skills and tenacity.  A transplant to Georgia, she moved to Gwinnett county about six years ago with her husband, two children, and two dogs. When not at work, she enjoys reading, crafting, spending time with her family, and spoiling her new grandbaby.

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Drugged Drivers and Personal Injury Lawsuits

Driving under the influence of drugs continues to cause an increase in the number of crashes and fatalities. And while there is a nationally recognized level of alcohol impairment (.08 g/ml), there is no similar national standard for those driving drugged. Georgians’ are well aware of the dangers associated with drunk driving but seem less aware that being under the influence of a drug is equally dangerous. In any state, it is becoming increasingly common for officers to administer field sobriety tests for drugs other than alcohol. This would include drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, benzodiazepines, and opiates—all of which affect your motor skills, reaction time, and awareness. This makes drugged driving a public safety hazard. So what happens if you are involved in an accident with a drugged driver?

Georgia and Drugged Driving

Georgia is a “per se” law state that is aimed at preventing all forms of impaired driving. This type of law makes it illegal to drive with amounts of specified drugs in the body that exceed set limits. Specifically, Georgia has a zero tolerance per se drugged driving law enacted for cannabis, cannabis metabolites, and other controlled substances. Additionally, according to Georgia law, it is illegal for a person to be under the influence of any prohibited drug (including prescription or over-the-counter) while driving. A person is guilty of a DUI if he or she is a.) driving while under the influence of any drug to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive; or b.) operating a motor vehicle with any amount of marijuana or controlled substance present in his or her body. Ga. Code Ann. § 40-6-391

Legal Implications of Drugged Driving

There is no legal difference between being injured by a driver intoxicated with alcohol, or a driver intoxicated by drugs. It comes down to the fact that a driver who chooses to get behind the wheel after consuming a mind altering substance is putting everyone else’s life at risk. Drugged driving accidents can lead to serious injuries and even death. A drugged driver that causes an accident will be held legally responsible for the harm they caused. Following an accident that was caused by a drugged driver, the victim may be entitled to compensatory damages by way of a personal injury lawsuit. With the help of an experienced lawyer, the victim would try to show that the drugged driver was negligent and failed to meet their duty of reasonable care. In Georgia, the driver may be found legally at fault through the theory of negligence per se, if they are found to be in violation of the statue. Civil damages are a way to help the victim recover compensation. If the accident caused a death then family members may choose to pursue a wrongful death claim, which would provide compensation for medical costs and funeral expenses.

If you have been in a car accident you want to collect information to establish fault. The very fact that the other driver was under the influence of a substance is critical to your case. It also makes it much more likely that you can receive the financial compensation you deserve as you attempt to pay medical bills, property damage, and time lost from work. It is critical that you find an attorney with experience with drugged driving cases and a strong record of successful monetary recoveries.

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