North Carolina drunk driving accidents, or those caused by narcotic-related influences, cause injuries and deaths almost every day. Someone that gets behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs puts the lives of others in serious jeopardy. Because the act of driving while under the influence is an obviously negligent act, the courts are very sympathetic to persons injured as the result of a drunk driver. At Brent Adams & Associates, our Raleigh car accident attorneys' one and only priority is helping accident victims, and that includes those injured in drunk driving and other alcohol-related accidents, injuries, or deaths.
Drunk Driving Facts in North Carolina
Every year in the United States, well over 1 million people are involved in accidents resulting from driving while intoxicated (DWI). Drunk driving deaths account for about 40% of all traffic related deaths annually. According to the latest available statistics from the US Department of Transportation (2010), 32,885 people were killed in America as the result of a drunk driving accident, including 1,319 in North Carolina alone.
North Carolina Laws and Drunk Driving
Virtually every state in the nation, including North Carolina, has not taken this rise in drunk driving accidents and alcohol-related deaths lightly. Stricter laws are now in place in an effort to discourage the practice of drinking and driving, as well as more severe punishments for drivers who break these laws.
If you knowingly volunteer to be a passenger in a vehicle driven by a drunk driver, you will need to learn about North Carolina's contributory negligence law. Accident victims who are injured after getting into a vehicle that they know will be driven by a drunk driver are contributing to their own injuries, and will not be able to receive compensation. If you are negligent and your negligence contributes to your injuries you may not recover from your own negligence.
Every state has the authority to create and enforce DWI and DUI laws. Recent statistics gathered by the United States government found that 49 states, including North Carolina, have laws that make it illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds 0.08 percent. More than thirty states have enhanced penalties for the crime of DWI when a driver’s blood alcohol content is between 0.15 and 0.20 or above. All 50 states, now have zero tolerance laws as well, meaning that a first time offender will not be given a lighter punishment simply because he is a first time offender. If you do the crime, you do the time. Period.
Find a Car Accident Lawyer in Raleigh, North Carolina
Drunk driving accidents are a sad, inevitable reality in today's world. If you or someone you know and love has been tragically injured or killed at the hands of a careless drunk driver, you have every right to seek monetary damages and compensation for your medical bills and quality of life losses. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the incident, a ridiculous and preventable crime like drunk driving cannot go unpunished. You owe it yourself and to society as a whole to make drunk drivers pay dearly for what they have done, for your own peace of mind and to prevent these negligent, thoughtless drivers from harming anyone else, make an appointment with our Raleigh car accident lawyers.