Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in North Carolina
Personal Injury Law Firm for Victims of Drunk Drivers
Drunk driving accidents account for nearly a third of traffic fatalities nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is illegal in all 50 states, meaning that a drunk driver may face criminal charges when he or she causes a car accident. However, this criminal case will not compensate the victim for medical bills and other expenses. Instead, you must file a personal injury lawsuit and/or insurance claim to recover these costs. Additionally, you may be able to hold other parties responsible for your injuries and damages as well. These parties may include the establishment that sold the alcohol or the social host who provided it.
North Carolina’s car accident laws are often restrictive, thanks to the doctrine of contributory negligence. This means that, even in drunk driving accidents where driver negligence is usually straightforward, you may still be unable to recover compensation if the court or jury decides that you contributed to the crash in any way. However, in the cases we have handled against drunk drivers, we stop the defendant’s allegation of contributory negligence in its tracks. The law allows us to allege that driving drunk amounts to gross negligence and under North Carolina law, contributory negligence cannot be used as a defense when the defendant was grossly negligent.
Therefore, you should contact an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer if you were hurt by a drunk driver. The car accident lawyers at Riddle & Brantley, LLP have experience with these types of cases. We offer free initial consultations, and are always ready to come to you, wherever you are. Home, hospital, and nursing home visits are common, since we understand that you may not be able to travel to our offices.
Who is Liable for the Injuries and Damages in a Drunk Driving Accident?
Almost all drunk driving accidents are a direct result of driver negligence. Therefore, the driver and the driver’s insurance company are typically accountable for the damages that result from the car accident. However, the drunk driver may not have insurance or the limits of his or her policy might not cover the full extent of your damages. If so, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver, though this is only a viable option if the driver has sufficient assets to pay you in the event of a successful verdict.
Also, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against additional parties. These include:
What Damages Can I Recover in a Drunk Driving Accident Claim?
After a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you can seek compensation for your injuries and other expenses through an insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit. The possible damages for which you may recover compensation include:
Hurt by a Drunk Driver? Contact Our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Today
Car crashes caused by drunk drivers often result in catastrophic personal injuries or wrongful death. However, even though the drunk driver was almost certainly negligent, it can still be difficult to get a fair insurance settlement after this kind of car accident. A North Carolina drunk driving accident lawyer can help you take control of your situation and alleviate some of the anxiety you may be experiencing.
At Riddle & Brantley, we help monitor the prosecution of the drunk driving charges against the drunk driver and many times appear with our seriously injured clients in court at the criminal proceedings. We want to make sure that the drunk driver is punished to the full extent of the law. Also, the conviction or guilty plea in the criminal case may help us prove liability in the claim for injuries and damages as the plea/conviction is admissible in the civil case.
We offer free initial consultations so you can get answers to your questions with no obligation. Our personal injury lawyers are prepared to meet you wherever you are, whether at home, in the hospital or elsewhere. Otherwise, you can schedule a meeting at one of our four office locations in North Carolina, in Raleigh, Goldsboro, Jacksonville or Kinston.