Drunk drivers who injure other people while intoxicated can face criminal penalties. They can also be sued in civil court, even if they were not convicted of a criminal offense.
The attorneys at Daly Campbell Law Firm are former prosecutors who have extensive training and experience in going after drunk drivers. We use that unique insight in our representation of people who are injured by drunk drivers in accidents. We pursue financial compensation in civil court for the victims of drunk or drug-impaired drivers. We will closely monitor the criminal case against the driver. If he or she is convicted of a DWI, we may be able to obtain punitive damages for our clients.
Punitive damages are those meant to punish the defendant, and to serve as an example to others. These are awarded in addition to compensatory damages — those intended to compensate victims for their losses. The amount of punitive damages goes up by about $5,000 for every DWI conviction on a driver’s record. We will investigate the party’s background, obtain his or her driving record, and seek full compensation and punitive damages for our client.
We will also determine whether someone other than the drunk driver caused, or contributed, to the accident. If a bar or restaurant that is licensed to serve alcohol knowingly served a person who was already intoxicated and that person went out on the highway and hurt an innocent person, we will work to hold the bar or restaurant responsible under Texas’ liquor liability (dram shop) laws.