DUI punitive damages allow you to recover money based on the wrongful conduct of a DUI driver. In Georgia, punitive damages can be awarded when there is clear and convincing evidence that a defendant’s actions show willful misconduct, malice, fraud, wantonness, oppression, or an entire want of care which would raise a presumption of a conscious indifference to consequences.
While negligence alone will not support an award of punitive damages, factors like DUI driving, hit and run, a pattern of poor driving or a bad driving record can all lead to an award of punitive damages. On the other hand, simply committing a traffic infraction, like failure to maintain lane or following too close will not justify an award of punitive damages.
If you have been involved in a DUI accident and want to know more about how punitive damages could apply to your case, call us today at: 404 590 6642 to discuss the specific facts and circumstances of your case.