What Are My Options If I've Been Injured in a DUI Wreck?
Drunk driving is a criminal offense. If you were injured in an alcohol-related accident, the driver will face charges in criminal court, but you may also pursue a civil claim against him or her. Civil claims allow victims to recover compensatory damages for the economic impact of their injuries, such as money to assist with payment of medical bills and lost income. It also allows for the collection of punitive damages, which is money awarded when it is shown that the drunk driver behaved with reckless disregard for the consequences of getting behind the wheel.