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Exemplary damages are available in Texas

It may seem like a drunk driver who injures a Houston, Texas, resident is getting off too easily by simply having to reimburse the victim's medical bills and cover the victim's lost wages and other, non-economic damages.

Almost everyone knows that drunk driving is extremely dangerous, such that someone who chooses to engage in this type of behavior can rightly be thought of has having little regard to the safety and well-being of those around them.

Subject to certain circumstances and limitations, a victim may be able to convince a judge or jury to award exemplary damages, which are also commonly referred to as punitive damages, following a drunk driving accident.

The victim will have to show that the driver who caused the accident was more than just careless and was actually grossly negligent, but, as stated, society is pretty quick to recognize drunk driving as, at best, very careless and thoughtless behavior. The victim will have to prove that this is the case by what is called clear and convincing evidence, which is a higher burden of proof and requires additional evidence than would a typical lawsuit.

Moreover, there is a limit on how much a jury can award in exemplary damages. The limit will usually be based on how much in actual damages, for things like medical bills and the like, that the judge or jury awards. Specific questions can be referred to a personal injury attorney.

Drunk driving accidents are among the most preventable types of car accidents, and people who irresponsibly cause them deserve to held fully accountable. Exemplary damages are one way to do so.

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