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Drunk driving accidents can lead to both criminal and civil cases

On Behalf of | Oct 28, 2016 | Drunk Driving Accidents

In our previous blog post, we discussed the study that indicated drunks are more likely to survive accidents than people who are sober. That fact alone could mean that you suffer horrible injuries while the drunk driver who slammed into you walks away without any severe effects.

If you were struck by a drunk driver, you are likely going to follow the criminal case of the driver. But did you know that you can also launch a civil lawsuit against the driver to seek compensation for the injuries you suffered? This is possible because the civil and criminal court systems are two entirely different processes.

We know that you might have a hard time trying to figure out exactly what you need to do to seek the compensation that you need. We can help you learn about the different types of damages that you can seek for your injuries.

Each drunk driving accident case is different, which means that we need to look into the specific factors involved in your situation.During the discovery portion of a civil case, we can learn the defendant’s blood-alcohol concentration and other factors that could impact your case. If they have an active criminal case as well, we can use information revealed during the criminal process.

We understand that you need time to heal, but we don’t want your time for seeking compensation to run out. In personal injury cases, you only have two years to file your lawsuit in Georgia. This means that you have a little time to choose your options. If you do opt to seek compensation, it is usually best to do this while the evidence and memories of the accident are still fresh.