What if the driver who hit me in Florida was drinking?
If you've been involved in a car crash in the state of Florida and the other driver was drinking, you may have a cause of action for punitive damages. That claim needs to be actually pled separately or under a separate count in the state of Florida, but it may entitle you to what's called punitive damages. Typically, we deal with past medical bills, future medical bills, past pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, and past and future wages. This would actually be a seventh source of recovery on your behalf. Basically, it would be the amount of money that would be given to you to prevent the defendant from ever driving drunk again.
It could increase the value of your case quite substantially.