Car accident claims, if they do enter litigation, are handled in civil court. The goal
of car accident claims is to recover compensation for injured parties.
This differs from criminal court, in which the goal of litigation is to
punish a person for committing a crime. However, a car accident may involve
criminal actions as well. In these incidences, it is possible that the
same case will be handled in both civil and criminal court. If you have
been injured in a collision that involves a criminal element, you may
be curious about how potential criminal proceedings may affect your car
Car Accident Cases That May Involve Criminal Charges
Drivers sometimes commit criminal acts while behind the wheel, and such
acts can lead to car accidents. When this happens, a collision may be
the subject of a typical car accident case as well as criminal proceedings.
A car accident case may be the subject of a criminal case if:
A driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Traffic violations were committed during the collision
Other escalating factors contributed to the car accident
Will a Criminal Case Impact Liability in a Car Accident Claim?
It is important to remember that your car accident claim is separate from
any criminal proceedings that involve the same case. It is possible that
the criminal case will have no impact on your collision claim at all.
The separate cases may not progress at the same time as well, so it is
likely that either case may be resolved before the other.
However, criminal charges of an at-fault party could potentially work out
in your favor. For example, the cause of a car accident may be attributed
to one driver being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. An injury
victim may be involved in an insurance claim to recover compensation,
and cites the other driver’s recklessness as a reason to receive
additional compensation. Meanwhile, the at-fault driver is facing criminal
charges for DUI. If that driver is convicted, the charge would substantiate
the injury victim’s claims and potentially lead to them receiving
more compensation. Of course, this is not a guarantee. As both cases exist
separately, the DUI conviction could have no effect on the injured person’s claim.
Contact Gruenberg Kelly Della for assistance with your car accident case.
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