Drunk drivers can put you in a dire situation. These accidents are often devastating, and you might find yourself struggling to recover and get the maximum compensation you deserve for your suffering and damages.

How do you hold a drunk driver accountable for your injuries? Unfortunately, it can be complicated, and without the necessary experience and knowledge, you could be stuck paying for your expenses out-of-pocket. Fortunately, that’s where a lawyer can step in.

A drunk driving accident can be traumatic and overwhelming, but you should have an opportunity to secure the compensation you need to recover. We can help.

Personal Injury vs. Criminal Trials

After the auto accident, the other driver may have been arrested for drunk driving. Now, they’re facing DUI charges in court, or maybe they have already been convicted. That means you don’t have to worry about anything, right?

Unfortunately, a criminal trial won’t result in any funds for the victim. These trials are intended to punish the wrongdoer for their actions, not to provide you the financial relief you need. Instead, you’ll need to file a personal injury claim once the criminal trial has concluded.

These claims don’t require that a crime be committed. Instead, you’ll only need to show that you were harmed by the other driver’s negligence. These claims can provide the compensation you need for your recovery, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Seeking Compensation from a Drunk Driver

Once the criminal trial has ended and you’re able to file a claim for your losses, you’ll need to make sure you’re holding them accountable for their negligence. You are owed monetary recompense for all the ways your life has been impacted by their negligent actions.

As such, you’ll need to make sure you’re getting both economic and non-economic damages covered when seeking compensation from a drunk driver. Before you agree to any settlement offers, have your lawyer look over your list of damages to ensure you’re including everything.

Economic damages will be the easiest to calculate. When you think of damages for a car crash, you might be thinking about financial losses, such as property damage, lost wages, and medical care. These damages fall under economic damages, and you’ll simply need to estimate or add them together to find your claim’s worth.

But, what about your emotional losses? Pain and suffering or mental anguish might not be as easy to calculate, but it’s still important. As such, you’ll need help from your lawyer to calculate these damages, as they’re intangible and difficult to quantify.

Protect Your Claim with a Lawyer

Sadly, a drunk driver can steal much from you. You might lose your car, your health, and the sense of security you had before the auto wreck. When disaster strikes, knowing how to hold a drunk driver accountable for your injuries is crucial to your recovery and peace of mind.

An attorney from Craig Swapp & Associates can help you fight for the full compensation you deserve. The insurer might try to avoid paying for your expenses, but we won’t let them. Contact our lawyers and get started with a free consultation by calling 1-800-404-9000 or filling out the following form.  

Written By: Ryan Swapp     Legal Review By: Craig Swapp