Drunk driving is one of the top causes of vehicle accidents. The victim of the accident can be seriously injured or even killed due to the actions of the motorist who was driving under the influence. The victim, or their next of kin in some cases, may have the opportunity to obtain compensation following the accident, but they will want to make sure they have help. Depending on the severity of their injuries, they may not even be able to handle dealing with the liable driver’s insurance company on their own.
After the accident, the driver who was drunk will be arrested and charged with a DUI. This is a separate case from the civil one that might be needed for the victim to obtain compensation for their injuries. If the motorist is found guilty of a DUI, however, the outcome of this case can make it easier for the victim to obtain compensation for their injuries and may make it possible for them to obtain punitive compensation on top of compensation for medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repairs, and other expenses from the accident. The person’s lawyer can advise them on whether waiting for the criminal proceedings to end is a good idea for their situation.
Even if the drunk driver is able to get away without a conviction for the DUI charge and resulting accident, however, the victim can still obtain compensation for their injuries. To obtain compensation, they only need to prove the other person caused the accident through their actions. This requires a much lower burden of proof compared to a criminal case. The lawyer will contact the liable driver’s insurance company on the victim’s behalf and request sufficient compensation to cover all of their accident-related expenses and their legal fees. Most of the time, this will be all that is needed for the person to obtain compensation and the case won’t actually have to go to court for a resolution.
If you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver, you should be able to obtain compensation for your injuries. Contact a seasoned personal injury attorney today so you can work with an attorney who has experience handling cases like yours and who is going to know how to handle it properly to ensure you obtain the highest amount of compensation possible.