A civil suit against a drunk driver is different from any criminal proceedings a drunk driver may face. Criminal prosecutions are designed to protect the public. A drunk driver can face criminal prosecution even if there is no accident or injury involved.
A civil case is a personal injury lawsuit filed by the victim of a drunk driver. If you are injured by a drunk driver, a civil suit could be your only recourse when attempting to recover the costs of medical treatment, lost wages, damaged property or other economic damages. You may also recover non-economic damages, such as money for your pain and suffering.
A drunk driver’s conduct and criminal charges expose him to punitive damages at trial as well. You will also be entitled to actual attorney fees at trial under Alaska’s crime victim statute.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver in Alaska... Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of Ben Crittenden for a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options and find out our estimate of the value of your case.