Despite decades of public safety campaigns on the dangers of drunk driving, statistics indicate that DUI accidents remain a significant problem. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle (FLHSMV) reports almost 5,000 crashes involving an impaired driver every year. More than 350 people are killed in these incidents, and another 2,885 suffer injuries in DUI collisions, leading to significant losses for victims and their entire families.
Drunk driving is a crime, and it is charged as a felony in Florida when a person is killed or injured in a DUI accident. If you were hurt or lost a loved one, you may qualify for a special type of damages because of the at-fault party’s outrageously dangerous conduct. Punitive damages may be available in your case, which would increase the amount you can recover if you are eligible. You should discuss details with a Miami DUI accident attorney, but some basics about punitive damages can be informative.
How Punitive Damages Work