Drivers in Charlotte are well-aware that drunk driving is both dangerous and against the law. Yet thousands of accidents still occur every year due to drivers who get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. The consequences are often disastrous. Hundreds of fatalities occur each year as a result of people who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol. Despite public awareness campaigns to stop drinking and driving, people continue to make reckless choices.
At Hull & Chandler, P.A., our experienced Charlotte personal injury attorneys have seen first-hand the devastating impact of a car accident with an intoxicated driver. In 2012 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported over 400 alcohol-related fatalities on North Carolina roads and highways, representing 31.1 percent of all traffic fatalities. The injuries can be especially serious because victims often have no warning. Drunk drivers are extremely unpredictable. They may swerve into the path of an oncoming car, causing a catastrophic head on collision.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed as a result of a drunk driver, you shouldn’t have to deal with the aftermath of your accident alone. If a drunk driver was involved, chances are you did nothing wrong. You shouldn’t have to pay out-of-pocket for the physical, emotional and financial expenses related to the accident. Negligent drivers need to be held responsible for their actions. We can help. We’re ready to send a message to all drunk drivers that they will be held accountable when they cause a car accident in North Carolina.
We can pursue compensation for your losses, including medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering and even possibly punitive damages, which are meant to punish the defendant and deter others from engaging in similar behavior.
Drunk driving accidents take different shapes and forms, but the common factor among most accidents is the reckless behavior of the alcohol-impaired driver. Somebody might run a stop sign or traffic signal near a NoDa restaurant, causing a broad-side or t-bone collision. A drunk driver may rear-end your car while speeding off an Interstate 77 off-ramp. You may even be a bicyclist or pedestrian hit by an intoxicated driver while lawfully crossing at a crosswalk, resulting in catastrophic injuries.
Injuries sustained in drunk driver accidents are often severe. Often, they include:
After a serious accident, it’s critical to take swift legal action. Medical bills add up fast. You may be unable to work. Insurance companies may try to blame you for the accident. You may feel overwhelmed.
We can help. You need an attorney on your side who thoroughly understands state law and is not afraid to play hardball with insurance companies. You need an attorney who puts clients’ needs first.
North Carolina laws are complicated, but we know the law is on your side if you were injured by a negligent drunk driver. Contact Hull & Chandler, P.A., for a free case consultation. Call 704-375-8488 today. We proudly serve Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Union County, Cabarrus County, Gaston County and other counties throughout North Carolina.