If you were injured by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to punitive or exemplary damages. These damages are in addition to your compensatory damages for things such as medical bills, wage losses, and pain and suffering. A claim for punitive or exemplary damages may arise where there is evidence such as excessive speed, alcohol or drug abuse, or other evidence of gross negligence, willful and wanton, or reckless conduct.
Keep in mind that a claim for punitive damages is not necessarily limited to the at-fault driver. For example, a claim for punitive damages would be proper if the owner of a car handed the keys to someone who was obviously intoxicated. Where the accident was caused by a defect in a vehicle, a punitive damage claim against the manufacturer may be appropriate in cases where the manufacturer did not perform standard testing, manufactured the vehicle as it did despite test results showing that would result in a dangerous product, or made optional certain items on the car necessary for safety in order to increase profits.
If you were injured by a drunk or intoxicated driver, please call the attorneys at Kidneigh & Kaufman today so they can discuss your case with you.