A DUI charge can definitely affect the settlement of a drunk driving crash. When a drunk driver makes the voluntary decision to drive drunk they have made a willful and intentional act. This means that they are personally responsible for punitive damages which is designed to punish them. Most insurance companies do not pay or insure for punitive damages. But the fact that the drunk driver is insured and they could be charged with punitive damages the insurance company will be encouraged to pay more to get the case settled in order to protect their client, the drunk driver.
Bradenton attorney Jim Dodson wrote the Florida DUI Crash Victim Guide to answer the questions victims and survivors of drunk driving accidents have. Request your free copy of the easy-to-read guide today by ordering it online or calling Kati at (888) 207-0905.