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Are Drunk Drivers Subject to Punitive Damages in Florida?

The former police chief of Truro, MA faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol following an incident in January in Palm Beach County, FL. John Lundborn was police chief in Truro for just five months. He left that post after he crashed a new, unmarked police vehicle while driving drunk. He was arrested and forced to resign his post following that incident. Lundborn then appeared in Florida where his most recent arrest means he could face charges for a second DUI offense depending on how a judge here in Florida rules.

By all accounts, Lundborn did not cause an accident in this incident. Had he done so, he could have been charged not only with a crime related to driving under the influence but also with punitive damages. Under Florida law, those who are injured or killed by drunk drivers may claim additional damages not available to those injured or killed by ordinary traffic accidents. The intention is to further punish and discourage drunk drivers who get behind the wheel. The law does however impose limits on the punitive damages available so as not to create an undue hardship for those who are charged under it.

If you or a member of your family has been killed or injured by a drunk driver in Florida, it is vital that you speak with the Law Office of Cohn & Smith, P.A., who focuses in personal injury and motor vehicle accidents as soon as possible. Your attorney can help you recover all the money that you are entitled to after the accident. Nothing can make up for the pain and suffering you endured as a result of a drunk driver. However your attorney can at least help you to start the recovery process.

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