Does it make a difference that the person who caused my car accident was intoxicated? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

Yes.  Depending on the level of impairment, the person that caused the accident that resulted in your injuries could be liable for punitive damages in addition to the normal compensatory damages.  The insurance company will not usually volunteer this information, so you should contact an experienced attorney right away to make sure you are recovering full value for your case.