Victims of violent crashes, such as those that occur when a driver is driving drunk, often face a long road to recovery. During the recovery process, the victim might incur hefty medical bills and might not be able to work. A program that is available in Oklahoma can often help these victims to get the care they need while they focus on their recovery.
The program that provides this compensation is a combination of state and federal funds that are available to crime victims, which is what victims of a DUI crash are considered since drunk driving is a criminal act. The program uses the income from penalties and fines that are ordered as part of the criminal sentencing related to these cases.
In one man's case, this compensation program has helped him over the past four years. After he was slammed into by a drunk driver, his family was told to prepare to say goodbye to him. Luckily, he pulled through and is still working to overcome the injuries he suffered.
He was able to get insurance money and a settlement, but those funds only helped him during the first year. That year included a week in the hospital with injuries that covered his body. He also had to miss work because of the effects of the drunk driving accident.
The compensation program that he has been able to use has helped to cover not only the medical care he has received, it has also helped to cover the wages that he wasn't able to earn because of his injuries.
Source: News 9, "Compensation Program Helps DUI Crash Victim Heal," Jessica Holley, April 06, 2016