As we have seen, Texas juries have handed down record sentences as a result of wrongful death drunk driving accidents. In Houston, a criminal jury sentenced a man to 55 years in jail for a DWI accident that took another’s life.
Well civil juries in Texas have also been extremely critical of drunk drivers and the verdicts in drunk driving accident cases seem to reflect their anger. In some cases, punitive or exemplary damages are considered in drunk driving accident personal injury cases.
In Texas, exemplary damages have been limited by statute to a prescribed maximum amount in most cases. There are exceptions to the limitations for some categories of crimes and intoxicated assault is one of those exceptions.
A defendant who is found to have been intoxicated while driving and caused an accident may be faced with the situation of having to account for not only actual personal-injury damages but also punitive or punishment damages.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a drunk driver and would like to speak with an attorney regarding your rights under the law, call the DWI accident lawyer Greg Baumgartner for no obligation consultation.
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