Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
How Are Car Accidents Caused by Drunk Drivers Treated Differently?
Sadly, every day across the State of North Carolina drunk drivers injure and even kill North Carolinians. North Carolina law holds that drunk drivers should not only be held financially responsible for making their victims financially whole for the damages they cause, but that they should also be punished for injuring and killing innocent victims. This means that the victim and possibly her family have very real claims for both actual damages but also for punitive damages. Punitive Damages are awarded by a jury in order to punish the drunk driver and deter others in society from drunk driving. This means that cases involving an at-fault drunk driver can be far more valuable than a run of the mill car accident case. Particularly when you have a personal injury lawyer on your side who can push for punitive damages.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for Drunk Driving Crashes?
We know that the drunk driver can be held responsible for the injuries they cause. But did you know that a restaurant, hotel, bar, night club, or other organization can also be liable for damages if they served a patron who was obviously intoxicated and then drove and caused a car crash? In this situation, the club, the bartender who served the intoxicated driver alcohol, and the driver may be ALL be held liable. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can really help maximize the value of a drunk driving case by locating each and every entity or individual that may be held responsible, as well as locating each and every applicable insurance policy.
Every 30 minutes, someone in the United States is killed in a drunk driving vehicular crash and last year over 1,000,000 people were injured in accidents involving alcohol. Juries accordingly take drunk driving crashes very seriously. A drunk driving injury attorney can make a huge difference in your case, contact the attorneys at Garrett, Walker, Aycoth & Olson today. We’re here to help!