Any readers, old or new, know I can’t tolerate drunk driving. It’s a terrible thing, and it causes a whole lot of pain and misery for the survivors. I already know that firsthand.
Lately, I’ve been getting a whole lot of messages from people who have lost loved ones or suffered some brutal injuries, all because someone else wanted to drive while intoxicated. Normally, I’d share those stories, but I’m hearing from a lot of people that they need help.
Now, keep in mind, I’m no lawyer—I’m just a guy who despises recklessness, who wants to know the streets of my fair city (and others) are safe. So, what can you do when you or a loved one is hurt by a drunk driver? Can you sue?
Civil Penalties for Driving Under the Influence
When someone else injures you because they were reckless, you may be eligible for compensation through a lawsuit. “But Danny,” you may argue, “they’ve already gone to trial, and I didn’t get any money from that!”
Criminal and civil courts are separate entities. Just because they went to trial to determine their guilt doesn’t mean they’ve been proven at fault for your injuries. It means they were found guilty of breaking the law.
That means you can still take them to court for a lawsuit that covers the financial and intangible losses you’ve suffered because of their actions. If you’ve been hurt, or if you lost a loved one, they may still be held liable for those losses.
Proving Your Losses
Now you know you have a chance to sue, but what do you need to have prepared before you go to court? Being prepared to prove your claim is key, but you may be concerned about gathering evidence. It’s tough, I know firsthand, when you don’t have the experience of a West Palm Beach car accident lawyer in the middle of a Florida lawsuit.
The good news is, your lawyer can help you find the evidence you need, and key evidence may have even been presented in the courtroom. You can still use that evidence in your car accident claim to get fairly compensated, as well as evidence of your injuries and the damage to your car.
Getting Compensation and Justice
When you’re hurt because someone else wasn’t fair and careful enough not to drink and drive, it’s not so easy to recover from your suffering. Worse, the at-fault party may have already gone to jail, but you’re not sure where to go from here.
The civil process after a drunk driving car accident can be complicated, but you have an opportunity to get compensated fairly. If you’re struggling to get that compensation, make sure you have guidance on your side, so you can focus on your family and your health.