Knowing Your Rights as a DUI Victim

DUI accidents aren’t as accidental as they are viewed. Getting behind the wheel of a car when They’re preventable if only intoxicated and impaired is a choice.drivers knew know the consequences of their actions. More than 10,000 people in the United States die each year due to car crashes caused by drugged and drunk driving.

While some were lucky enough to escape death, they may be suffering from painful injuries that could change their lives forever. Victims of crashes caused by someone driving under the influence (DUI) might find it difficult to perform daily tasks, or might need medical care for the rest of their lives. Apart from physical and emotional trauma, they could also burden family members with costly hospital bills and continuous therapy care.

If you are a victim of a DUI crash, you have many rights to help you receive the necessary compensation.

The Right to Recover Damages

Drunk drivers have to face criminal and civil charges, which are punishable by fines and jail time. You have the right to recover damages that will help pay medical bills, property damage, and loss of income. In addition, the driver may not be the only one to face legal charges. You could also hold the party that served alcohol to the driver, if necessary.

The Right to Other Compensation

As the surviving spouse and dependent, you have the right to demand compensation if the accident caused wrongful death or lifelong complications to your loved one. The court may also give you the right to receive restitution, meaning the drunk driver has to pay for economic damages. These include lawyer fees and the income you lose when you have to miss work to take care of your children.

At MADD, we focus on providing support to DUI victims and their families. We help rebuild lives affected by drunk driving through programs that make the public informed about their rights. Browse through our homepage to find out more how you can help us.