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Punitive Damages In Drunk Driving Injury Accidents.April 17, 2013
Most Buffalo personal injury cases do not involve punitive damages. Punitive damages consist of money awarded to a personal injury victim above the amount actually needed to compensate for the injury. Punitive damages are granted for the purpose of punishing the defendant and deterring similar conduct in the future.
As Buffalo personal injury attorneys, it is our position that all drunk drivers who cause personal injury accidents should be subjected to punitive damages. For punitive damages to be granted, it must be established that the driver acted maliciously or with a complete indifference to the safety of others. It is not enough that they were drunk. Instead, a personal injury attorney must also prove that the drunk driver engaged in some additional reckless conduct – such as driving at a high rate of speed or choosing to ignore the rules of the road – before punitive damages may be awarded.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, we believe you should be fully compensated for your personal injury and the drunk driver should be punished. We aggressively pursue all forms of compensation available to you. If you would like to speak with us, please call at 716-400-0000. We would be happy to answer your questions.