In some states there is a regulation that allows the plaintiff to sue not only the driver but also the bar or restaurant that served obviously intoxicated person drinks. This law is called “dram shop liability”. More information about this law you can find at over here firm site.
Damages that can be received for this type of injuries can be economic and non – economic. Economic damages include previous and following salaries loss, medical costs, recovery and others. Non – economic damages are mental pain and suffering and its different from case to case.
When the punitive damages are in question, those are filed against big corporations. In some cases, a drunk driver who admitted guilty, or who already was convicted for drunk driving may still have to pay a punitive damage.
If a jury in some cases brings a substantial award regarding a drunk driving, the defendant may express a complaint because he thinks that decision is unconstitutional. The court will make a final word regarding a physical of financial harm, and if the defendant expressed some sort of a reckless or indifferent behavior and endanger other people’s lives which resulted with an injury or a harm he will be punished by the courts decision.