Driving under the influence (DUI) applies to drivers who operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, prescription medications or illegal narcotics.
In a 2010 report released by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, it states that approximately 1.4 MILLION drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol – with over 10,000 alcohol-related crashes occurring in North Carolina alone, according to the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center.
With over 390 people being killed in DUI accidents throughout N.C in 2010 which involved the negligent driver having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.8% or higher, it is very important that motorists be as alert as possible while on the roads in our state.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries – including other costs associated with them.
To find out more, simply fill out and submit the “Free Case Review form to the left.
Common DUI Accident Injuries
North Carolina DUI accidents can have life-changing effects on the victims and their loved ones. Alcohol-related collisions can leave drivers and passengers with severe injuries.
Typical personal injuries sustained in DUI crash include (but are not limited to):
Victims that are paralyzed in impaired driving accidents are often unable to return to their jobs or places of business due to the extent of this injuries.
Here at Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys, we genuinely understand the financial strain that can be placed on accident victims and their families, and will fight to obtain the MAXIMUM compensation benefit that you are entitled to.
North Carolina Drunk Driving Fatalities
According to the NHTSA, nearly 500 people were in killed drunk driving crashes during 2010 by those that had a B.A.C of 0.01% or above, while that same study also indicated that another 497 people were killed by drunk drivers that had a B.A.C of 0.8% or higher.
If you have lost a loved in an alcohol-related crash, you may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Due to the complexities that can arise during any injury lawsuit, it is imperative for the relatives of DUI accident victims to have an experienced DUI accident lawyer handling their case and representing their best interests at all times during the litigation process.
Filing a DUI Lawsuit
Accident victims may be eligible to file a drunk driving lawsuit against all of the negligent parties involved. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, additional damages may be available to the victim and their dependents.
Some of these include:
- Compensatory Damages – Generally, compensatory damages are available in drunk driving cases. These damages are meant to compensate the injured individuals for their losses. Examples of compensatory damages include medical expenses, medication costs, lost wages, therapy and emotional trauma.
- Punitive Damages – The purpose of punitive damages is to punish the intoxicated motorist for his/her negligent actions. Punitive damages may be awarded if the driver had a high blood alcohol concentration.
- Dram Shop Laws – When an individual has sustained an injury or has been killed in a drunk driving wreck, the driver may not be the only liable party. Many states in the U.S. including North Carolina have a “Dram Shop Law”.
The dram shop law allows individuals to sue drinking establishment such as bars, clubs, liquor stores and restaurants in drunk driving cases. An establishment may be liable for an alcohol-related crash if
- They sold alcoholic beverages to a minor (under the age of 21) who then injured or killed someone in the accident.
- They sold alcohol to a visibly intoxicated individual and the inebriated driver injured or killed another person.
It is important to note that as a part of thoroughly investigating an accident, every detail leading up to the collision will often be scrutinized to help determine if there are any other parties that contributed to the intoxication of the at fault motorist.
Contact Our Winston-Salem DUI Injury Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one was injured by someone that was driving under the influence, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the intoxicated driver. Here at our firm, we provide our clients with over 150 years of combined legal experience – and offer the knowledge and resources to handle any DUI accident injury cases in the state of North Carolina.
With our primary office located in Winston-Salem, we also provide legal services to Greensboro and the greater Triad-area and proudly work on a contingency-only basis, which means that we don’t charge you for our fees and services unless we obtain a verdict or settlement for you.
To find out how we can help, please call us on 866-299-1769. A member from our intake team will collect some information about your case and then quickly transfer you to one of our attorneys – it’s that easy!
For those that would prefer to start immediately, simply fill out the “Free Case Review” form at the top of this page!