Yes, you can pursue a case against the drunk driver, both civilly and criminally.
To pursue a criminal case against the drunk driver, you should work closely with the DA, as well as possibly hiring an experienced criminal attorney to assist you in your pursuit of justice.
As far as the civil case, you should consult with a personal injury attorney.
There are several different possibilities you will want to pursue in order to obtain compensation.
First, the drunk driver may have significant personal assets from which you can pursue damages for your case.
This is unlikely – in most cases the drunk driver is indigent.
However, there have been cases in which the victim of a drunk driver has won monetary damages that were paid by the drunk driver.
You can also pursue damages through the drunk driver’s insurance carrier, or your own insurance carrier, depending on the circumstances and the types of coverage involved.
There may also be other parties which can be held responsible for the accident, depending on the facts.
If the accident occurred while the drunk driver was working, you may be able to pursue damages against the driver’s employer.
If the drunk driver was a minor, his or her parents could be held legally responsible for the accident.
There may be other parties who may also be held responsible, which depend on the case.
It’s critical, though, that if you have been injured in a drunk driving accident that you contact a personal injury attorney right away.
There are strict rules about how quickly a personal injury lawsuit must be filed, and it can be easy to miss those deadlines if the case isn’t pursued quickly.
In addition, evidence can disappear or become less reliable with age.
If you have been the victim of an amputation because of a drunk driver, call me, Conal Doyle, Amputation Attorney at 310-385-0567.
I am an amputee and understand the challenges involved in not only adjusting to your situation, but also in pursuing a personal injury case against the responsible party.
Call today to learn how you can seek compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, time missed from work, and more.