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Drunk driving crashes can result in two court cases

On Behalf of | Oct 10, 2022 | Car Accidents

All drivers must be in the proper condition to drive on the roads. One thing that can make it impossible to drive safely is being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These substances alter the way a person thinks and how they react to things going on around the vehicle. 

One thing that some people might not realize is that wrecks that involve drunk driving can result in two cases. Some victims mistakenly think that they don’t need to seek compensation if the driver is facing a criminal case. The truth is that the drunk driver can face a civil case and a criminal case

Why can a drunk driver face more than one case?

The constitutional right against double jeopardy applies to criminal cases, which are those that can result in punishments like fines and imprisonment. It doesn’t offer any protection against someone having to deal with a civil case while they’re also facing a criminal one. 

The civil case in a drunk driving crash is important for the victims because this is their chance to seek compensation for the financial damages they’re facing because of the wreck. This can include medical bill payments, loss of income, property damage and more 

The criminal and civil cases are independent of each other. A person can be convicted in a criminal case and found not liable in a civil matter. The opposite is also true. Victims should focus on the civil side of the matter, and remember that this case has to be filed within the time allotted by Georgia law. 

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