Drunk drivers are very real dangers on the road. Far too many people continue to be seriously injured or killed by intoxicated drivers. Everyone knows it is very dangerous and that it should not be done. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed by a drunk driver, that driver may be forced to be held accountable for the harm caused by having to pay compensatory and punitive damages. If you or someone you know has been involved in a collision with a California drunk driver, you or they should contact an attorney right away to learn what is the best course to take.
Compensatory damages, such as payment for medical bills, lost wages and emotional distress, are designed to compensate the injured person or his family in an effort to make them “whole” again. Punitive (or exemplary) damages, on the other hand, are meant to punish and make an example of the defendant to prevent others from engaging in wrongful conduct.
Punitive damages are very difficult to prove and are rarely actually awarded. In some cases, however, drunk driving can be considered worthy of a punitive damages award. Let your California drunk driver collision attorney assess your case and advise you as to the propriety of punitive damages in your case.
The attorneys at Bohn & Fletcher, LLP understand the importance of getting drunk drivers off the roads and getting you the compensation you deserve. Put our years of experience and expertise to work for you.