Drunk Driving And Punitive Damages
One kind of driving causes more serious injuries, including death, than any other — driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This conduct is regarded as unacceptable by everybody: the public, lawmakers, judges and juries.
These are the conventional areas of compensation in a car accident:
- Doctor and hospital bills
- Rehab and ongoing care
- Time lost from work and loss of working capabilities
- Loss of consortium, where critical relationships are wrecked by the injury
- Vocational retraining
- Pain and misery
However, when cases involve flagrant disregard for the safety of others — such as driving drunk, driving significantly above the speed limit or driving recklessly — juries do not hesitate to add punitive damages, which can double or triple the actual compensation.
The War Against Drunk Driving
It doesn’t matter if the driver was drunk, or had taken illegal drugs or legal prescription drugs. The courts come down hard on all DUI drivers.
If your injury occurred because the other party was drunk or drugged, you may be able to collect above and beyond what you could for a non-DUI accident.
Call attorney Bob Sousa and explain the situation, as you understand it. Sousa & Minogue, LLC, never charges for this first-time consultation, and you are not under any obligation to choose our firm to represent you.
But if you do choose us, you will have one of the region’s most respected legal minds on your side.
We also pursue dram shop claims, in which taverns and party hosts allowed guests to drive away drunk, and cause harm.