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If a drunk driver is arrested after crash, can Texans still sue?

Drunk drivers are a danger to everyone that must share the roads with them. This Fourth of July, many Texas residents may witness intoxicated motorists driving in a manner that is erratic, hazardous and downright dangerous. Though law enforcement officials will do what they can to limit the number of accidents that are caused by these reckless individuals, some will still cause harm and devastation to others when they cause drunk driving accidents.

In the wake of a drunk driving accident, a responsible driver may be arrested for their conduct. Their arrest may be based on different alleged crimes and they may be prosecuted based on varying charges. Some victims may wonder what rights they have to sue such drivers if those individuals are already involved in the criminal justice system.

Readers should know that the criminal justice system that punishes law breaking is a somewhat separate entity from the civil justice system that compensates victims for their losses. Even if a drunk driver is arrested on criminal charges, their victim or victims may sue them to recover their medical costs, lost pay, emotional suffering and other recognized personal injury damages. The two legal processes may play out at the same time but in different legal venues.

Getting help after a drunk driving accident is a good way for a victim to protect their future rights to sue for the recovery of their losses. They may wish to discuss their options with an attorney who practices personal injury law in their community. This post offers information only to its readers and should not be relied upon as legal advice.

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