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If a person causes injury because they operated a vehicle while under the influence, it is proper to seek an award of punitive damages, which is not available in ordinary negligence cases.
The California Drunk Driver Punitive Damages
One who wilfully consumes alcoholic beverages to the point of intoxication, knowing that he thereafter must operate a motor vehicle, thereby combining sharply impaired physical and mental faculties with a vehicle capable of great force and speed, reasonably may be held to exhibit a conscious disregard of the safety of others. The effect may be lethal whether or not the driver had a prior history of drunk driving incidents. The Taylor v. Superior Court, 24 Cal.3d 890, 897 (Cal. 1979), the California Supreme Court reasoned as follows: