With the advent of Uber and other ride sharing technology, it's unimaginable that someone would choose to put others at risk by driving drunk. But, it does happen and the decision to drive drunk can result in serious injuries or even death, and leave grieving loved ones left to pick up the pieces.
Rest assured knowing the drunk driving injury attorneys at Horton & Mendez will do everything possible to hold the at-fault driver accountable. In addition to helping victims obtain monetary damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, we also aggressively pursue punitive damages claims against drunk drivers.
Punitive damages are intended to punish the at-fault party with additional monetary consequences. In drunk driving cases, North Carolina law does not cap punitive damages like in other contexts. What that means for you is N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1D-26 allows us to aggressively seek to punish the drunk driver to the fullest extent possible.
The reprehensibility of the defendant's conduct.
The likelihood of serious harm.
The degree of the defendant's awareness of the probable consequences of his or her conduct.
Under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1D-35 as the court considers the following when deciding how much to award on a punitive damages claim:
The duration of the defendant's conduct.
The actual damages suffered by the injured party.
Whether the defendant attempted to conceal the facts or consequences of their conduct.
Whether the defendant has previously received a DWI.
The defendant's ability to pay punitive damages.
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