According to a 2014 statistic, almost 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving accidents. If you were involved in an accident caused by a negligent drunk driver, you and the other parties involved are likely feeling lucky to be alive. As you pay the hospital bill for your emergency room visit, the ambulance bill for transporting you there and the pharmacy bill for any medications the doctors may have prescribed you, you might be wondering: why should I have to pay for another person’s negligence?
At Haffner Law Group, our Ventura injury lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve after suffering injuries at the hands of a reckless drunk driver.
After a drunk driving car accident, many people think the driving will face criminal charges for driving while intoxicated and do not realize they have the right to sue the driver responsible for their injuries—even if he or she went to jail.
Civil Cases vs. Criminal Cases
The victim of the drunk driver is not responsible for pressing charges against the drunk driver. The state prosecutors have the responsibility of placing criminal charges against the driver. The prosecutors will gather information from local police and build a case against the accused. If they are charged with DUI, they could face significant fines, license revocation and jail time. This is considered the criminal case.
Civil lawsuits are separate from this process and are the victim’s responsibility to file. When you were injured by a drunk driver, you could hire a Ventura injury lawyer to file a claim for compensation. Compensation in a civil case could cover the following:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage to vehicle
At Haffner Law Group, we understand how infuriating it can be to suffer injury as a direct result of a third party’s negligence. Medical bills, and the temporary or permanent loss of income can threaten someone’s livelihood. For the last 50 years, we have dedicated our practice to protecting the rights of victims like yourself. We have a 95% rate of success, and have consistently won our clients the compensation they need to move forward.File your claim with us today. Call (805) 434-6393 to speak with our Ventura injury lawyers