Drinking/Impaired driving is an entirely preventable danger. At Dismuke Law, we bring claims against drunk and impaired drivers. Damages in drunk or impaired driver claims include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages in the past and into the future. Damages may also include punitive damages.
Punitive damages are allowed based on the public policy that everyone knows it is dangerous to drink and drive. Despite this common knowledge, a small group of people chooses to put the public at risk. According to Injury Facts 2016, 35,400 lives were lost in 2014 in motor vehicle crashes. The three biggest causes of fatalities on the public roadway were:
- Alcohol 30.8%
- Speeding 30%, and
- Distracted driving 26%.
A Study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that nearly one-third of all DUI arrest and DUI convictions involved repeating drunk driving offenders. This fact clearly reflects that some people in our society continuously choose to put the rest of us in danger by their reckless conduct.
Florida Law allows for punitive damages against impaired drivers. At Dismuke Law, we fight to impose punitive damages against drunk or impaired drivers when the facts support such a claim.