What is Restitution After an Accident?


Some car accident cases involve criminal charges. For example, the driver may be driving without a license or insurance. Likewise, a driver could be drunk or driving recklessly. Those types of cases result in criminal charges against the other driver. Therefore, at some point, the victim will get a form in the mail asking about restitution.

What is restitution? Restitution is (1) payment of compensation to the victim or the victim’s family; and (2) if the victim is deceased or already has been fully compensated, payment of money to a victim assistance program or other program directed by the court. Restitution may include any out-of-pocket losses resulting from the crime. For example, medical and therapy costs, replacement of wages and services. Of course, restitution is not limited to injury cases. For example, there may be restitution in property damage cases and other situations. We have even had some gun accident cases where restitution was considered.

Restitution is helpful where there is no insurance or not enough coverage. Also, requiring the offender to pay some of the financial loss is good for everyone.

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What Does Restitution Mean

You may not need a lawyer to help you with the restitution form, but consulting a lawyer is a good idea. A lawyer can help you determine what to request.Our attorneys will provide a free consultation for your restitution claim. Restitution is not something we charge for. A government prosecutor will pursue restitution for the victim.However, our lawyers can provide basic advice to help with the process.


If you are injured in an accident, our lawyers can help. We handle car accident cases, dog bites, and more. When you call our office, you will speak directly with a lawyer. We will listen to your situation and answer your questions. The initial consultation is free. Further, we will never charge anything unless you receive compensation for your injuries.