Are you looking for a drunk driving accident attorney that will get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries? Richard Roston is experienced in representing people injured by the drunk driving of another. If you are injured by an intoxicated driver in Hampton Roads, Virginia, we are ready to help. Accidents happen, and they are usually due to someone’s negligence. When someone else’s negligence causes an accident and you are injured through no fault of your own, we will get you the maximum recovery for your injuries.
Sometimes accidents are caused by a driver who makes the irresponsible choice to drive while intoxicated. If a driver is significantly intoxicated when they cause an accident, a judge or jury may be able to consider awarding punitive damages to punish the drunk driver in addition to the damages they award to compensate you for your injuries.
In Virginia, a person who drives with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or above is driving while intoxicated and may be charged with a crime. However, if a driver causes an accident while driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.15, which is just under twice the legal limit, or if the driver unreasonably refuses to submit to a breath or blood test, then a judge or jury may have the chance to award punitive damages against the at-fault driver.
After the judge or jury decides to give you compensation for the injuries you suffered from the accident, the judge or jury in an appropriate case will consider whether to award punitive damages. Punitive damages are in addition to compensatory damages and are awarded to you and against the defendant to punish the defendant for their actions and to serve as an example to deter the defendant and others from acting in a similar way.
You need an attorney with the knowledge and experience to help you get the largest possible recovery. If you are injured by a drunk driver, call Joannou & Associates, Representing Injured Persons, at (757) 399-1700.