There is a common misconception that since a
drunk driver has committed a crime, the criminal justice system will sort out any damages
they owe to the people they injure with their negligent and illegal behavior.
The truth of the matter is that in many cases, the criminal justice system
is there for one thing: criminal justice. It is concerned with jail time,
fines to the state for breaking the law, and license revocation. It is
not necessarily concerned with making sure everyone else is okay.
If you have been hurt in a
car accident caused by a drunk driver who has since been arrested and convicted for
their actions, it is likely up to you to take the initiative and pursue
compensation for your damages. This can be done through civil litigation, or a
personal injury lawsuit. You will want to begin with the assistance of a professional
Irvine car accident attorney since being convicted for a driving under
the influence (DUI) charge is not necessarily enough to prove that liability
falls on the shoulders of the drunk driver. You will need a well-constructed
case that clearly establishes liability.
What Damages Can I Recover?
Just how much harm can a drunk driver cause? The answer is unfortunately
too much. Even a low speed collision can cause serious damage and lifelong
consequences. If you have been hurt in a drunk driving accident, let your
attorney know all the details of the crash and get thoroughly checked
by a trusted physician.
Depending on your case, you may be able to recover monies that help pay for:
- Medical costs (initial and ongoing)
- Reduced earning potential
- Missed wages
- Destruction to vehicle or property
None of the recoveries may be open to you if you do not create the personal
injury lawsuit yourself, though. Thankfully, you don’t have to do
it alone. At The Law Offices of Thomas E. Rockett, our Irvine car accident
lawyer can help you create and file a proper case that seeks all damages
necessary for you to fully recover in comfort.
Contact us today and request a
free case evaluation.