Won’t the local prosecutor handle this type of case?

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While driving under the influence (DUI) is a criminal offense, and while police and local prosecutors will certainly become involved if a DUI incident leads to an auto accident, you should certainly still retain a personal injury lawyer if you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver.

As our personal injury lawyers know, prosecutors (representing the government) will manage the criminal case against the drunken driver; their goals of landing a conviction and making sure that the drunk driver is punished appropriately are intended to protect society as a whole. While the criminal proceedings might involve a determination of what restitution is to be made to you, the victim in the incident, it isn’t designed for that purpose, which is why we have civil courts in which you can bring a civil claim (likely of negligence) against the drunk driver who caused the accident in which you were injured.