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Injured By a DUI Driver Overview

Injuries caused by drunk driving will commonly give rise to civil suits and if there was a DUI conviction, you have a good case. While drunk drivers face serious criminal charges such as jail time, loss of driver's license, fines, and criminal restitution, they can also face civil liability if they are sued by their victims. If you or a loved one is injured or killed by a drunk driver, a civil suit for damages may be your best path to fully recover for your losses. Read on to learn more about your options.

 FAQ's

Phillips Law Offices answers some of the most frequently-asked questions about injury accidents and claims. We hope this information will give you an idea as to how to move forward with your matter. The legal issues surrounding personal injury cases may at times seem overly complicated, and even overwhelming at times. There is no need to feel that way, we’re here to help. Explore the answers to the questions you may have or just give us a call. Since every case has unique facts and circumstances, we’d be glad to discuss the specific details of your case and any specific questions you have. We invite you to give us a call at 530-265-0186 for a no-charge consultation.

 

Injured By a DUI Driver: Damages - What You Need to Know

A civil suit for injury caused by a drunk driver is separate - and distinct - from any criminal charges a drunk driver may face for the DUI. Criminal charges, filed by the district attorney, are designed to punish the drunk driver for acting in a reckless manner and to protect the public at large. However, a civil claim or lawsuit based on the  injury caused by the DUI driver is filed by the victim of a drunk driver, or in the case of a fatality, filed by the victim’s family, to recover personal damages. The injured person may recover the costs of past and future medical treatment, past and future lost wages, and cost of any damaged property. Civil suits also offer the opportunity to recover non-economic damages, (what is commonly called "pain and suffering") which cannot be recovered in a criminal prosecution.

Injured By a DUI Driver Resources

Hopefully, you find our site a good start to get your questions answered. But we are more than happy to answer any specific questions you may have, so feel free to give us a call at 530-265-0186. In the meantime, there are many internet resources available for information about drunk driving accidents. We encourage you to visit some of these websites we have collected for easy reference.