San Francisco Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys
Does California Law Permit Punitive Damages for DUI Accidents?
Statistics on Drunk Driving Injury Cases
Drunk driving personal injury cases are common here in the San Francisco Bay area, and throughout California. Drunk driving, or DUI (Driving Under the Influence), is a common cause of car accidents. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that the average driver who is arrested for DUI has driven while intoxicated 80 times before. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that 10,836 people per year die in the United States from drunk driving, and that one in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related accident at some point in their lives. It is probably no surprise to many that there are four times as many alcohol-impaired drivers at night.
Verdicts Against Drunk Drivers
Does Car Insurance Cover Punitive Damages for Drunk Drivers?
Unfortunately, car insurance does not cover drunk drivers for punitive damages when they cause injury or death. Automobile insurance covers all the other damages, though, and any exemplary or punitive damages must be paid by the driver, from personal assets. In the eyes of the law, it would be unfair for a drunk driver to be able to insulate him or herself from punitive damages by having insurance. This in turn can require a great deal more legal skill and work in order to obtain a full monetary recovery, because it is usually much more difficult to obtain compensation from an individual than from an insurance company.
Contact a San Francisco DUI Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been involved in an injury accident caused by a drunk driver, the experienced San Francisco DUI accident lawyers at Callaway & Wolf can help. Call (415) 541-0400 now to request a free attorney or consultation, or click here.