It’s no secret that drinking and driving is one of the major causes of accidents. Although some people may be under the delusion that they are “better drivers” when they’ve had a few, most of us know that intoxicated drivers are putting many innocent people at risk when they make the choice to drive. When a drunk driver slides behind the wheel, he or she becomes a danger to:
- Other drivers
Although there are criminal laws in place to help curb the number of intoxicated drivers on the road, the needs and medical expenses of the victims and their families aren’t directly addressed in criminal DUI proceedings. Instead, victims and their families generally have to fight out their claims with the negligent drivers’ insurance companies, where it can potentially be a lot more difficult to hold a thoughtless driver responsible.
Working Toward Justice: Drunk Driving Accidents and Texas Injury Laws
When someone is injured by a drunk driver, it’s natural to look to the criminal court for justice. While criminal cases of DUI are sometimes well publicized, and the penalties may include restitution for the victim, what many people don’t see is the long and harrowing process families go through to “win” compensation for their medical bills and other damages from negligent drivers’ insurance companies. Although it may seem obvious that the drunk driver was responsible for the accident, it is still up to the victim to “prove” that the driver was negligent and should be held responsible.
Unfortunately, proving negligence in these seemingly clear-cut cases isn’t always an easy process. While drunk and negligent drivers should be held responsible for the harm they do, and families shouldn’t have to pay the price for the negligent actions of another, the injury claim process behind the criminal proceedings can be complicated and full of case-wrecking tricks and traps.
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