Across the United States, hundreds of thousands of people are injured or killed in drunk driving crashes.
Behind the numbers, there is a human being and a story of tragedy and loss. When a motorist chooses to drink and drive, he has made a conscious decision to put the lives of other people on the roadway in imminent danger. A car or truck, in the hands of a drunk driver, is a potentially deadly weapon.
The Difference Between Criminal and Civil Proceedings
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a drunk driver, you have been the victim of a crime. A drunk driver who injures another person in a car crash will be subject to criminal prosecution and potentially a jail sentence and other penalties, such as loss of his or her driver’s license. But there is more. The drunk driver may also be held accountable in the civil justice system for monetary damages for personal injuries caused in the crash.