What Happens If You Are The Victim Of A Drunk Driving Crash?
Victims injured by a drunk driver have rights. You or your family may be able to file a personal injury claim to help you move forward after an accident. If you are next of kin to a victim killed by a drunk driver, you can also file on behalf of your loved one to try and recover damages. At Boren & Boyd, PLC, in Jackson, we have over 60 years of combined experience with personal injury cases. We will work hard on your case to help you find the best road to recovery.
Drunk drivers are subject to both civil suits by their victims as well as serious criminal charges.
Drunk driving civil suits come in the form of personal injury lawsuits, which are filed by victims to try and recover damages from the cost of medical treatment, lost wages and damaged property. Civil suits may also offer the opportunity to recover damages for things like pain and suffering.
Civil Suits For Wrongful Death
In the case of a fatality, a civil suit can be filed by the deceased’s family; in some cases, this might be the family’s only recourse to ensure that the surviving relatives have financial stability. While both economic and non-economic damages are available, punitive damages may be awarded as well. Punitive damages have as their sole intent the punishment of the drunk driver.
Criminal proceedings are separate and distinct from a civil suit. They are designed to:
- Act as a deterrent to drunk driving
- Protect the public from future harm
- Punish the drunk driver
Contact Our Law Firm For Help After A Drunk Driving Crash
Our practice has extensive experience representing clients in drunk driving civil suits in the state of Tennessee. If you were the victim of a drunk driver and you want to discuss a way forward, contact us online or call our office at 800-727-0622 or 731-300-6207 to schedule an appointment. Your consultation will be free. Personal injury cases are complex, and our lawyers will assist you in navigating the legal landscape associated with these matters.
Drunk drivers are often distracted so any evidence as to the driver’s lack of control for any reason should be included in the civil filing. An attorney from our law firm will work hard to ensure all the bases are covered so that your civil suit stands a better chance of success.