The decision to drive drunk is no accident. When you get behind the wheel after drinking you are making a choice. You are choosing to put your life and the lives of others at an unnecessary risk. It’s a risk that far too many people take every day.
No matter how tough drunk driving laws may be, the victims of drunk driving collision continue to suffer at the hands of people who just don’t believe drunk driving is a serious offense. There are few words that can express the anger and emotion people feel when they’re injured by a car driven by a drunk driver or by a driver under the influence of drugs. An accident was completely avoidable.
Civil vs. Criminal Proceedings: Lawsuits Against Drunk Drivers Who Cause Car Accidents
Drivers who chose to drive impaired and are responsible for drunk driving accidents may be subject to not only a criminal trial, but also civil court proceedings.
Criminal proceedings are in place to punish the offender for breaking the law and to act as a deterrent against impaired driving. Drunk drivers can be criminally prosecuted regardless of whether or not an accident and injuries occurred. If you attract a law enforcement officer’s attention and you fail the sobriety test, you are in trouble….accident or not. Criminal proceedings are what determine if the person that caused the accident will face jail time or fines.
Civil proceedings brought against the drunk driver are for the purpose of financial restitution. Civil proceedings are claims or lawsuits against the driver for injuries caused by the accident. If negotiating with the insurance company fails, a civil suit is the only way to recover financial damages. Medical expenses, lost wages or loss of earning potential, property damage, and pain and suffering are losses that can be compensated. Drunk driving crashed the result in a fatalities often bring about wrongful death lawsuits from the accident victim’s family.
We Sue Drunk Drivers
Seriously injured by a drunk driver in Lake Charles? Are you seeking justice for your loved ones? Make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to someone else.
Call a Lake Charles personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess. Call 337-214-8479 now for a FREE legal consultation regarding your drunk driving injury case. We serve drunk driving victims all over the Lake Charles and southwest Louisiana area.
We can arrange to have someone come to you if you are unable to visit one of our offices.