Punitive Damages For Injuries Caused By Drunk Drivers
When A Driver Is Guilty Of ‘Oppression, Fraud Or Malice’
“Where it is proven … that the defendant has been guilty of oppression, fraud or malice, the plaintiff, in addition to the actual damages, may recover damages for the sake of example and by way of punishing the defendant.” — California Civil Code Section 3294
Without punitive damages, people who cause serious injuries could simply say, “But I was drunk. I had no intention of hurting anyone.” California law doesn’t allow that as a defense.
The effect of punitive damages is often to double or triple the total damages, above and beyond medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Our attorneys also file claims against tavern owners and party hosts who allow obviously intoxicated guests to drive away, with the clear possibility of causing serious injury.
Were you injured because another driver was intoxicated or high? Call the Orange County personal injury law firm that will stand by you. Call Chambers & Noronha at our Santa Ana office at 714-558-1400 with questions — or ask our lawyers by email.