Civil Suits for Drunk Driving InjuriesA civil suit for drunk driving is separate from any criminal proceedings a drunk driver may face. Criminal proceedings are designed to punish the reckless driver and to act as a deterrent to future criminal conduct. Those injured by a drunk driver may file a civil case to seek money damages. If you are injured by a drunk driver or if you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, a civil suit may help you recover the costs of medical treatment, lost wages, damaged property or pain and suffering. If you believe the other driver was intoxicated when they hit you, read Civil Suits Following Drunk Driving Accidents for tips on how to gather evidence and use this information in future negotiations.
Who to Sue in a Drunk Driving AccidentIf you’ve been hit by a drunk driver, the driver may not be the only one responsible for the accident. Restaurants and bars that serve alcohol may be held liable for continuing to serve people who are visibly drunk. If these establishments ignore things like:
- Slurred speech;
- Inability to walk or falling out of chairs;
- Loud and obnoxious behavior;
- Bloodshot eyes, glassy eyes, or inability to keep eyes open; and/or
- Spilling drinks;