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Were You Injured By A Drunk Driver?

Last updated on November 19, 2020

When a drunk driver causes an accident that results in injuries or deaths, he or she is liable in criminal court and in civil court. One of the reasons we have a civil justice system is to help people recover compensation when they have been victimized.

Let the Law Office of Robert A. Miller help you recover the compensation you deserve, and hold drunk drivers accountable for their reckless act of drinking and driving. We offer a free initial consultation to explain your rights and answer your questions, and can meet with you in our Eugene office or in your home or hospital room. Call us today at 541-359-4331.

Criminal And Civil Actions In Drunk Driving Accidents

A person who chooses to drive a car while legally intoxicated (DWI or DUI) may be subject to both criminal and civil actions:

  • A criminal conviction can result in fines, jail time and suspension of the driving privileges of the drunk driver.
  • If you were injured in the accident, our lawyers can file a civil lawsuit against the drunk driver to compensate you for damages.

You can recover compensation for economic damages (things like medical bills and lost wages) and noneconomic damages (intangible losses such as pain and suffering). In Oregon, jurors can also punish drunk drivers by awarding punitive damages.

While the drunk driver’s insurance company probably will not pay punitive damages (since they are not covered by insurance), that money may be collected from the personal assets of the drunk driver in some cases. If punitive damages are awarded, 60% would go to the state and 40% would go to the victim.

Additional Sources Of Recovery For Those Injured By A Drunk Driver

If you have suffered significant damages and the drunk driver has no or minimal insurance, our lawyers can seek compensation from your own coverage for uninsured and underinsured motorists. In addition, if the drunk driver was served alcohol by a bar or restaurant, we may also recover compensation under Oregon’s dram shop liability laws.

We Look Forward To The Opportunity To Meet You

To discuss your drunk driving accident with one of our attorneys, call 541-359-4331 or contact us online. Our law office is located in Eugene, Oregon. However, we are able to meet you in the hospital or your home for your convenience.