Driving while intoxicated is a serious problem, and those that suffer the most are usually not the drunk driver. Victims of drunk driving suffer catastrophic injuries, from severe brain damage, to paralysis, and even death.
In Austin, TX, the attorneys at Luke Dow Law Firm aggressively pursue full and fair compensation for victims of DWI cases. DWI car accident damages are designed to fully compensate victims for all they have lost, including repayment of medical bills, time lost from work, the rising costs of therapy and rehabilitation, and compensation for the changes faced in the future.
A DWI lawyer understands that being in an accident with an impaired driver is life changing. In many cases, the victim’s lifestyle must be adjusted to take into account the devastating injuries suffered.
There are categories of damages in personal injury cases, and the category that reimburses the victim for financial loss is referred to as compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are designed to repay a victim for out of pocket expenses and actual costs incurred as a result of the accident. These include:
- Lost wages from time off work for medical appointments and therapy.
- Loss of future earnings if you are unable to return to work, or are not able to perform the same job at the same salary.
- Medical costs, including physician visits and the cost of any surgery.
- Costs of prescription drugs needed to treat pain and other symptoms.
- The amount needed to repair or replace personal property damaged in the accident.
To calculate compensatory damages, we will collect bills and receipts, and detail the amount of damages actually incurred. Because the injuries associated with a DWI case are often traumatic, compensatory damages can be quite high.
Another category of damages in DWI cases is punitive damages. Punitive damages are designed to “punish” the offender, as a method of deterring the same type of behavior in the future.
To obtain punitive damages, we must show gross negligence, which refers to driving behavior that is especially reckless. Gross negligence is an extreme act of negligence, and is usually accompanied by a deliberate decision to act without the regard for the safety of others.
In DWI cases, this is demonstrated by presenting evidence that the drunk driver took the wheel after drinking, without considering the danger of driving while under the influence.
It is not uncommon for judges and juries to make punitive damages awards in DWI cases, not only as a way to send a message to the specific driver involved, but also as a way to send a message to the community that drunk driving will not be tolerated.
Who to Call For Help if You Are the Victim of a DWI Accident
If you have been in an auto accident with a drunk driver, we know how to help. We will review the facts of your case and seek all the compensation you need to fully recover from your injuries. We will also pursue any punitive damages necessary. Call us for help today. Contact us online or call our office at (512) 480-9502.