When someone is arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), the police are going to be quick to gather evidence against them that can pin a conviction on them. In some ways, it can be good to know that the legal system acts so quickly to deter drunk driving. But what happens if someone is hurt by that driver, as they often are? Does law enforcement have a duty to protect and represent them, too?
As strange as it might seem, a criminal trial that punishes a drunk driver will rarely consider the needs of any victims of the negligent and illegal behavior. Fines may be paid to the state but not necessarily to the injured. It is not the place for the government to determine how much someone should be compensated for damages they have sustained.
Whose Job Is It, Then?
Again, this might sound strange, but it is the job of the victim to pursue compensation. No one else can make the claim – excluding wrongful death cases where immediate family can create a lawsuit on the decedent's behalf. In this way, civil litigation after a DUI wreck can arguably be more important than criminal trial.
Luckily, while you do have to make your own case against them, you in no way have to do it alone. You can retain the services of a Chico car accident attorney from the Law Office of Adam Sorrells. With our experience and dedication, we can analyze your injuries and craft a case that seeks to maximize the compensation you can collect. Our goal will be to get you on your feet as soon and as comfortably as possible.
Why not call 530.331.8026 today? Our consultations are free!