What Happens After Getting Injured by a Drunk Truck Driver in New Jersey?
Getting injured by an intoxicated truck driver is a horrible experience that many victims will never forget. When a truck driver fails to drink responsibly, he or she can place numerous lives at risk. Fortunately, there are legal options available to the victims of drunk drivers, even if the responsible party is not convicted in a criminal court. Continue reading to learn how you can get the justice you deserve after a drunk truck driving accident.
A Mountain of Expenses
After you are injured by a drunk driver, you will more than likely face a mountain of medical bills. You may even face years of physical and mental therapy following the accident. If your injury prevents you from working, your family will be forced to use its own funds to make ends meet. Large trucks also tend to cause significantly more injuries, especially at high speeds.
Criminal vs. Civil Charges
Contrary to popular belief, drunk drivers are often tried in two separate courts. First, the accused motorist will face criminal charges before a judge. If he or she is found guilty, the judge can order a variety of punishments, including fines, imprisonment, loss of driving privileges, and probation. If it is the driver’s second or third charge, the penalties will be considerably harsher and will more than likely involve jail time. Victims are not awarded financial compensation during a criminal trial.
Even if the driver is found not guilty by a criminal court, the victim still has the legal right to file a claim in a civil court. In a civil trial, you will retain a lawyer and seek monetary compensation for your pain and suffering. You can also seek funds for your medical bills, lost wages, and any other form of compensation that you feel is appropriate. During this trail, you can hold the trucker, trucking company, truck inspectors, and even the manufacturer of the truck responsible if you have legal grounds.
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If you are considering filing a civil suit against the drunk driver who injured you or the trucking company, Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. is here to help. We are a team of compassionate and knowledgeable New Jersey DWI truck accident lawyers who will fight to get you the compensation you need. Call us now at (609) 240-0040 to speak with a legal professional.
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