Can someone get punitive damages if involved in auto accident w/DUI driver?
There were no long term injuries. There were some whiplash injuries but all medical bills have been paid by the insurance company. The dui driver went immediately into rehab and actually has been helping other people with alcohol problems get better. He has not had a drink since the accident as he is taking this whole situation very, very seriously. The dui driver doesn't have much money, basically enough to support his family. He is really sorry for the accident and wishes he could turn back time. We live in the Southeast and are not sure what to do. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!
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In civil court you would be allowed to pursue for punitive damages. They usually amount to three times medical bills (regardless of who paid that). For me, It certainly sounds like this gentleman has made things right. Do you really want to kick him when he's not looking.
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