If you have been hit by a drunk driver, you may pursue compensation for your injuries and damages. Drunk driving cases always result in criminal trials. Although a criminal trial is an important aspect of obtaining justice in your case, it will not result in any monetary compensation. In order to get compensated, you must file a civil claim in addition to the criminal charges against the drunk driver. It is only through a civil case that you will be able to obtain compensation for your injuries.
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A number of parties may be held responsible for drunk driving accidents, including:
Drivers are responsible for their own behaviour. They can be held responsible if they cause accidents after consuming alcohol.
Bar / restaurant owners / staff:
They can be held responsible for drunk driving accidents. It is their responsibility to stop serving patrons that appear to be intoxicated.
Drunk drivers’ employers:
If accidents were caused by drivers driving a company car while intoxicated, their employers may be held responsible for the accident.
Any injured person may bring a claim against a drunk driver for injuries sustained in an accident. In the event that someone is killed due to the negligence of a drunk driver, relatives of the deceased have the right to bring a claim against the drunk driver and possibly against the bar or restaurant that served the drunk driver as well.
The most important step is to notify the police and get immediate medical help. Document every aspect of your injury, including medical records and police reports. This documentation can help your attorney recover damages more easily. Also, obtain contact information from witnesses and take photographs of the accident scene.
Do not discuss your case with an insurance company before speaking with a car accident attorney. The insurance company may pressure you to settle quickly for a very small amount of money. Your car accident attorney will help you to properly negotiate your case.