Claims Against Drunk Drivers

Claims Against Drunk Drivers

 

When a drunk driver injures you or your family in an accident, it presents a unique situation. The other driver likely cannot dispute his or her fault for the accident, but how can you use this advantage to its maximum potential. As your injury attorney we can make a civil claim for you, but we can also appear for you as the victim in the criminal prosecution against that driver. As the victim of a crime, you have rights that you may not understand. The right attorney can inform you of these rights and help protect them. You have the right to be consulted and have your say regarding any plea agreement with the accused. Often, we are able to negotiate a sworn statement from the defendant before sentencing as a condition of the plea acceptance, and this can help us to identify witnesses, identify the bar or bars where the defendant was served, or identify whether an employer or family member negligently allowed the defendant to drive their vehicle. This information usually cannot be obtained in any other way, and it can allow us to pursue additional claims against bar owners and vehicle owners.