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Punitive Damages May be an Insured Element of Your Georgia Drunk Driving Accident Claim

If you or a loved one has been injured or even killed in a catastrophic crash with a drunk driver, you may be able to earn a verdict against them for the damages and costs you have sustained. This is especially the case if the defendant has already been convicted in a criminal case.

However, one of the most difficult tasks in these personal injury cases is actually recovering the damages you deserve. Even if you can prove that you have been wronged and deserve to receive financial compensation as a result, if the drunk driver does not have sufficient insurance or money, you could be left with nothing.

Punitive damages are an add-on or extra source of compensation in Georgia DUI injury cases. Punitive damages are awarded in addition to compensatory damages to the victims of serious crashes that were caused by drivers who were especially negligent or reckless.

Punitive damages are used as a sort of punishment to discourage drunk drivers from ever doing that again, especially if this was their second, third, or even fourth conviction. Some of this money goes to the state, but the victim of the accident can also claim their part.

If the criminal that caused your serious wreck does not have the funds to cover the punitive damages you have been awarded, you may be able to recover these funds through:

  • The driver's insurance company
  • Your own insurance company


All personal injury or wrongful death cases after a drunk driving accident are very complex. When punitive damages are involved, recovering all you are entitled to is much more difficult. You need an experienced attorney to ensure you get what you deserve.

A DUI victim attorney in Atlanta can give you the advantage you need. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) HURT-999 to schedule a free consultation about your case. You can also fill out the form on this page and we will contact you within 24 hours.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia