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Drunk Driving Negligence? Emerson, GA Mayor, Albert Pallone, and Wife, Millie, Killed by Drunk Driver in Cherokee County.

Saturday afternoon at around 4 p.m., a Chevrolet pickup truck, driven by William Bryan Abernathy, lost control while traveling on Knox Bridge Highway when it crossed the center line and hit Pallone’s vehicle. Pallone’s vehicle subsequently lost control, overturned, and was hit by a van. Albert and Millie Pallone were pronounced dead at the scene. Four vehicles were damaged in the incident, and two drivers were transported to the hospital with injuries. Abernathy was arrested and charged with DUI. Albert Pallone had served as the mayor in Emerson, GA, for the past 15 years.

Who Can Be Held Responsible in a Drunk Driving Accident?

Legal contributor Attorney Brian Mickelsen is an experienced lawyer representing victims injured or killed due to drunk drivers. Below, Attorney Mickelsen shared his insight into the legal options available to victims of drunk driving.

There are several potential defendants in a drunk driving case. The drunk driver will be responsible. In some cases, a business (i.e., bar, restaurant, gas station, etc.) may be liable for overserving the drunk driver or furnishing alcohol to a noticeably intoxicated person. It is imperative to explore all potential legal options.

What Evidence Matters?

  • Dash Cam Video
  • Witness statements and contact information
  • Receipts
  • Photographs from the scene
  • Vehicle inspections
  • Prior crime data
  • Liquor license application and file of the business

An experienced attorney at Mickelsen Dalton LLC can help determine if you have a claim and advise you of your options. Our attorneys have successfully represented several victims in cases arising from drunk driving. Within the past three years, Mickelsen Dalton LLC has recovered over $30 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We have been featured in Fox News, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and several other national news organizations.

Anyone may contact our attorneys for a free consultation at (843) 804-0428 or (678) 641-9054 or by email at info@mickelsendalton.com.


Past results are not a guarantee of future results. The information contained in this post is from news articles and may therefore contain inaccuracies. We will correct or remove this post upon request. The material contained in this post is not intended to constitute legal advice.

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