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Drunk driving and your case: A civil lawsuit in Iowa

As someone who has been through a serious accident with a drunk or intoxicated driver in Iowa, you may wonder what's keeping them off the roads following the accident. You are hurt because of the behavior they exhibited, so it's perfectly reasonable to want them off the roads. In most cases, there are penalties like the loss of a license that will restrict the driver's ability to drive. This is true even if they won't take the test to see if they're intoxicated. A criminal case may be brought against the driver by the police, and you may also choose to seek compensation through a civil lawsuit.

For those who face an OWI in Iowa following a stop or accident, there are some punishments that could result. For one thing, the driver's license will likely be lost, and he or she will have to go through a substance abuse evaluation, state-approved alcohol education program and pay any penalties or fines required.

As the person injured, you may want to make sure that the person who is accused in your drunk driving case is held accountable. Even if criminal charges aren't placed, you're able to seek a civil lawsuit for compensation. With a civil lawsuit, you can request compensation for medical bills, lost wages and the loss of future wages due to your condition.

You can also seek compensation for your pain and suffering or the loss of consortium if you've lost a loved one in a car accident. With the right case, you can support your needs and show that you deserve every penny of what you've asked for.

Source: Iowa Department of Education, "OWI Education" Dec. 23, 2014

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