Recently, news outlets reported that an illegal alien was being prosecuted for intoxicated assault for causing an accident while driving while intoxicated. Aside from the immigration issue, this case highlights not only the criminal ramifications of drunk driving but also the civil implications. While awards of punitive damages were limited in Texas last decade, certain conduct does not fall within those limitations. One such example includes injuries cased in DWI accidents amounting to intoxication assault under the Texas Penal Code whether in a boat or car.
When a drunk driver causes serious bodily injury their conduct subjects him to unlimited punitive damages in a civil action brought by the victims. Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyers often seek exemplary damages.