According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), someone is injured in a drunk driving crash every two minutes. While this may seem like an astronomical number of accidents, it is simply an unfortunate fact of our modern society. In order for this pattern of behavior to change, we must hold people accountable for their actions. Furthermore, we must support the victims of these collisions and the families who have lost their loved ones far too early. As personal injury attorneys, we help victims in a very specific way. Now, we will discuss how in a little more detail.
A Conviction Doesn’t Help a Victim Heal
While criminal proceedings can teach the driver at fault a valuable lesson, they do not assist the victim in recovering. Drunk driving accidents often cause extensive injuries which require specialized treatment, leading to high-dollar hospital bills and time off from work. In some cases, victims are never able to return to their previous occupations and may suffer from permanent disability or disfigurement. In order to pay for proper healthcare and compensate for their emotional distress, victims often choose to hire a personal injury attorney to help them obtain the financial recovery they so desperately need and deserve. More so, personal injury attorneys can sometimes prove that punitive damages should be paid to their clients. These are damages above and beyond normal compensation, merely intended to punish a drunk driver and prevent similar conduct from happening again in the future.