As a survivor of an accident with a drunk driver, you may be happy to be alive and know that the person who caused your injuries is behind bars or has been penalized in a criminal court for his poor decisions. However, you shouldn’t stop there. As a Georgia DUI victim who sustained injuries, damages and financial losses due to an alcohol-related crash that was caused from no fault of your own, you need to do more.
Because DUI cases are both criminal and civil cases, accident victims need to pursue a personal injury case in civil court; don’t stop with just the criminal case. When an accident caused by the negligence of a drunk driver causes you serious injuries, you need to pursue compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and other accident damages. Additionally, there may be other liable parties from which you can seek compensation in civil court.
If you are a family member of a Georgia DUI victim who was killed in a drunk driving crash, you also need to pursue a civil case and not just stop with a criminal case. Although you will want to punish the negligent driver in criminal court who took your loved one from you, you will also need to seek financial compensation for your damages and losses in civil court.
After a drunk driving crash leaves you with injuries, medical bills and lost wages, or if you lost a loved one in a DUI crash, you have rights to compensation. Call Shane Smith Law to speak with a Georgia DUI victim attorney in a free consultation at (980) 246-2656. You can also fill out the online form to request a free copy of our book, I Was Hit by a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? The Guide for Victims of Georgia Drunk Driving Accidents.