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Victims of drunk drivers may pursue civil claims

On Behalf of | Jan 8, 2020 | Car Accidents

Drunk drivers can cause serious car accidents which can result in serious injuries to victims. Drunk driving accident victims should be aware that drunk drivers may be liable for the damages that victims suffer and victims must be familiar with the legal protections available to them to help address the different damages they have suffered.

A personal injury claim for damages may hold a drunk driver accountable for the harm caused to victims. A claim may provide valuable help with the victim’s physical, financial and emotional damages. Drunk drivers may be civilly liable to victims they injure and may also be held accountable by the criminal legal process, which are two different types of liability drunk drivers may be subject to for their negligent actions that may result in a car accident.

As part of a personal injury claim for damages, the victim will need to show that the drunk driver was intoxicated; prove that the drunk driver’s intoxication level was too high to safely operate a motor vehicle; and that the drunk driver failed to exercise reasonable care for the safety and well-being of the public. Drunk driving is usually considered evidence of negligence for civil liability for the victim’s damages and a police report and witness reports may be used to establish negligence and liability.

A car accident caused in any circumstances can result in serious harm for victims. This can be especially true in circumstances of drunk driving accident. When victims have been injured by a drunk driver, they may be able to recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages through a personal injury claim for damages.


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