Leesburg DUI Driver Liable For Punitive Damage After Crash Death Of Passenger | Orlando Accident Attorney
The Orlando Sentinel reported the tragic death of Joseph Kauska, of Lady Lake, in a one-car, drunk driving accident near Umatilla. Apparently, Mr. Kauska was a passenger in an SUV being driven by Chad Edmondson, who reportedly was intoxicated. Mr. Edmondson lost control of his SUV, causing Mr. Kauska to be partially ejected, and tragically killed.
In Florida, anyone injured or damaged as a result of the actions of a drunk driver are not only allowed to collect compensatory damages for the their medical bills, lost wages, and pain suffering. Victims of drunk driving can also claim punitive damages — damages designed specifically to punish the drunk driver and provide an example to the community that drunk driving will not be tolerated.
As an Orlando accident attorney who has seen his fair share of tragedy handling Florida wrongful death cases arising from drunk driving, my heart goes out to Mr. Kauska’s family. The family would be wise to consult with an experienced Florida auto accident attorney to determine what their rights are under Florida law, and particularly the Florida Wrongful Death Act.
If you have any questions regarding a Florida car accident involving a drunk driver, or questions about a claim under the Florida Wrongful Death act, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901.