North Carolina Drunk Driving Accidents
Fatality among drunk driving accidents is staggering. Intoxicated drivers have little to no control over a vehicle, which can result in erratic weaving or full-speed collisions. What can innocent drivers and passengers on roads do when they are struck by a drunk driver?
The Raleigh auto accident lawyers at Owens & Miller will investigate every negligent party in a drunk driving collision. Some victims think the driver is the only responsible party. This is not necessarily the case. Victims may be entitled to compensation from multiple parties. The Raleigh auto accident lawyers at Owens & Miller pursue the negligent driver and anyone who allowed this drunk driving accident to happen. Our attorneys go after punitive damages and third-party lawsuits for injury claims when appropriate — whatever it takes to win an adequate drunk driver settlement to compensate victims and families for the losses from a senseless tragedy.
We pursue every available option for compensation injured victims may be entitled to recover, including:
- Compensatory damages for medical care, lost wages, disability, and pain and suffering
- Punitive damages for reckless disregard for life
- Dram shop liability of the bar or restaurant that served an inebriated person
- Social host liability for providing alcohol at a party, especially to an underage driver
Do you believe you were injured by a drunk driver, but the driver was not convicted of driving under the influence (DUI)? You can still recover punitive damages even if the other driver is not charged with or convicted of DUI. The burden of proof is lower in a civil lawsuit — a preponderance of the evidence that the person’s judgment and physical control were impaired by alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications. Our attorneys have experts at our disposal who can help showcase this effectively to a jury.
Several types of drunk driving accidents that may occur. To name a few: An innocent pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcycle rider could be blind-sided by an intoxicated driver, or a passenger may be hurt if the person operating the vehicle they were riding in was drunk behind the wheel, or another driver may be hit by a drunk driver. Due to contributory negligence law in North Carolina, a passenger who knowingly gets in a car with a drunk driver waives the right to sue for personal injury. A Raleigh auto accident lawyer can address this legal dilemma and still seek recovery.
In North Carolina, drunk driving accidents may lead to wrongful death cases, which require specialized administration that our lawyers also handle. Learn more about drunk driving accident claims in North Carolina and speak with one of our lawyers.