If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver, it is likely that you are feeling a great deal of anger toward the driver that injured you. Even if you know that they were charged with a DUI as a result of the incident, you may want to ensure that justice takes place so that they never repeat the crime.
It may be possible to pursue a legal claim against the drunk driver who hit you, however, you may also be interested in how they will be held legally responsible for their recklessness. Here are some answers to common questions that victims have:
Will the drunk driver by subject to real penalties?
In many circumstances, a drunk driver who causes an accident will be subject to enhanced penalties. These enhanced penalties can include a lengthening of the driver's license suspension period, or even jail time. This will likely occur if the driver was found to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 percent or higher and under certain other conditions.
How can I get justice as a car accident victim?
If you can prove that the crash you were involved in was caused by a drunk driver, you will likely be able to make a successful personal injury against them. Driving while intoxicated is generally considered negligent behavior, so it's unlikely they'd be able to offer a good defense.
What damages could I be entitled to?
You will be able to recover damages for the property that was destroyed in the crash, and it is likely that you will also be able to gain compensation for medical bills and the pain and suffering that you endured.
Don't let a drunk driver get away with injuring you. Discuss you available legal options with an attorney.