Drunk Driving Accidents
In Texas, there are many different types of cases that in some way are caused by alcohol. They include a driver that injures or kills somebody, a bar that serves a drunk customer and then allows them to leave the bar and drive drunk (Dram Shop), a bar that serves an underage person alcohol and then that underage person causes a wreck (Dram Shop), someone who lets a drunk person drive their vehicle, and physical assaults where an intoxicated person hurts someone. Drunk driving accidents in all forms cause tremendous damage in accidents. Drunk drivers are horrible drivers, but they often are too drunk to wear their own seatbelts, which causes extreme damage when collisions occur.
Intoxication accidents can allow you to collect punitive damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish the Defendant on behalf of society for their incredibly dangerous conduct. These damages are different than compensatory damages that are designed to compensate the injured party for their losses. Examples of compensatory damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of earning capacity, impairment, and disfigurement. These are the types of damages that are pursued in a normal negligence case (someone drives negligently, failing to stop when the traffic ahead stops and hits you from behind). In addition to these compensatory damages, in Intoxication accidents, the facts can be so egregious that punitive damages are justified. As an example, a surgeon high on cocaine during surgery would be a good candidate for punitive damages.
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