The State of California can hold drunk drivers criminally responsible for the actions, but can victims or their surviving family members be compensated in civil court because of the accident? The answer is a resounding yes.
Drunk driving is a crime that can result in the driver facing monetary penalties, counseling, imprisonment, and the loss of a driver’s license. While these consequences will hopefully stop the driver from reoffending, it doesn’t help the family who suffered. Victims of drunk driving accidents in Woodland Hills need to know that when a driver is arrested or convicted of a DUI or DWI, they have the right to file a civil suit against the drunk driver. The purpose of the civil lawsuit is to help the victim or the surviving family with medical bills, property damage, funeral and burial expenses, expenses for physical rehabilitation, future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.