Impaired driving accidents are similar in almost all respects to accidents caused by a drunk driver. However, the primary difference is that the impaired individual is under the influence of something other than alcohol at the time of the accident. This can include, illegal narcotics, prescription drugs, over the counter medications, among other things. Like accidents caused by a drunk driver, there will likely be a criminal case that follows and the victim may be entitled to punitive (punishment) damages in his or her injury case.
It is important that you have an attorney with experience handling impaired driver cases. An attorney with experience will know how to obtain information from the criminal case and use it to your advantage in your injury case. In addition, it is common practice for an impaired driver to try and stop an injury case while his or her criminal case is pending. An experienced attorney will be prepared to fight the other side when they try this tactic. This is critical to your injury case. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that evidence will be lost and the more difficult it will be to locate important witnesses.
In impaired driver cases you may be entitled to pursue punitive damages. Punitive damages are damages that the court may award to punish the other side for his or her reckless or intentional conduct. In other words, the other side may be ordered to pay you money to punish him or her for driving impaired and causing your injuries. This is in addition to the amounts you may be entitled to for your injury, medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.
The attorneys at the Piccuta law Group, LLP have experience handling cases against impaired drivers. If you or a loved one was injured by the acts of an impaired driver, contact our attorneys today. One of our attorneys will provide you with a free consultation and discuss your case for free.