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Under Florida law, if you can prove that the person who caused a car wreck was driving drunk at the time, it is possible to get punitive damages — designed to punish reckless behavior — in addition to standard economic and noneconomic damages.
Attorney Terence Gross is a former DUI defense lawyer and understands what it takes to prove that someone was driving drunk. We work closely with the state’s attorney’s offices to obtain tapes, breath test results and other evidence in drunk driving accident cases.
Florida has a high conviction rate for people accused of DUI, but sometimes the evidence is not there to convict someone of a crime. Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, however, are governed by different legal standards from criminal prosecutions.
Even if the person who hit you was not convicted of the crime of drunk driving, it may still be possible for you to obtain punitive damages for your injuries after a drunk driving accident.
Don’t hesitate to discuss the details of your case with an experienced trial lawyer. For a free consultation, please call 850-434-3333 (Pensacola and Milton), 850-244-7191 (Fort Walton Beach and Navarre), 850-932-7969 (Gulf Breeze) or 850-682-3000 (Crestview).