Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Regulating Health Care
Lecture:Branches of Government and the Configuration of the U.S. Judicial System
Slide content:Example: Traffic Accident Drunk driver crashes car, causing serious injury to the driver of the other car Criminal (public) penalty State vs. drunk driver Civil (private) damages Injured driver vs. drunk driver 13
Slide notes:This slide shows an example of an action that has consequences for both criminal law and civil law. Suppose that someone drives while intoxicated, crashes into another car, and seriously injures the driver of that car. This single incident would likely result in two trials. In the criminal trial, the driver s penalty could include imprisonment, paying a fine to the state, and losing his or her driver s license. In the civil trial, the outcome would be paying money to the injured driver to compensate for the injuries. In addition, if someday the drunk driver wants to have his or her driver s license reinstated, he or she may have to participate in an administrative hearing in the relevant state agency. 13