Injured by a Drunk Driver
If you were injured by a drunk driver, your losses will be reviewed by the criminal court throughout the course of the trial. However, with an over-burdened criminal system, you need your own attorney to ensure that the driver is held responsible for both your current and future losses.
Because your medical costs are easy to determine, those costs easily go into evidence. You will need your own attorney to fully calculate any future losses and submit those as part of the case.
Future losses typically include long-term lost wages due to injury and future medical costs. In all injury cases, these losses are first covered by the insurance policies (the driver’s policy, and perhaps, your policy). Then, any additional losses (those beyond the financial limits of the insurance policies) are covered by the driver’s assets such as savings and future earnings.
In drunk driving cases, there are generally more losses to cover – more injuries, more cars totaled, more property damaged. Your future losses need to be quickly and properly calculated by your attorney and entered into evidence as part of the case. If you wait, there might not be any money left when you try to claim a loss a year after the accident.
In addition, with a criminal case, the driver might be headed to jail. If the drunk driver is behind bars, there will be no future earnings you can levy to cover your losses. You need a personal injury attorney now to ensure you get your fair share of any settlement before there is nothing left.