This Holiday Season, Don’t Drink and Drive
Sadly, alcohol continues to be a major factor in many car crashes. When an individual consumes alcohol irresponsibly, he or she is knowingly placing the lives of other motorists in danger.
After an accident, it is normal to feel angry and confused, but you must remember to consult an attorney as soon as possible. Drunk driving cases are different from other types of traffic accidents, and they must be handled by someone with direct experience. If you or someone you care about is injured by a drunk driver this holiday season, remember to keep the information below in mind.
Criminal vs. Civil Charges
After a car accident, a drunk driver will more than likely face two separate trials. The first trial, which occurs in a criminal court, will determine the punishment for the individual’s drunk driving. Depending on the judge’s ruling, this punishment can include the revocation of driving privileges, community service, and even jail time in the most serious cases. No monetary awards are given to victims in criminal cases (though the offender may have fines).
The second trial will be held in a civil court if you elect to take legal action against the responsible party. In this court, you will seek monetary compensation for your emotional suffering, medical expenses, loss of wages (if an injury prevents you from working), and damage to your vehicle. Choosing to file a civil suit without the aid of an attorney is unwise unless you have in-depth knowledge of the legal system.
Drunk driving cases can become complicated, even when the other driver admits responsibility. More than likely, it will not be the drunk driver’s first DUI charge, and multiple trials will be involved. In order to navigate this complex legal field, you will need the guidance of an attorney who knows how to handle drunk drivers. The case will become even more complex if it turns into a wrongful death case, or other factors besides alcohol are involved.
Here at Steele Law, P.C., we understand Texas drunk driving laws, and we strive to get all of our clients the compensation they deserve for their suffering. When you work with a Lewisville drunk driving attorney from our firm, you can be sure that you are working with one of the very best. Contact us today at (214) 333-9393 to discuss the details of your accident.