Drunk Driver Accidents
Dealing with a long and painful rehabilitation, lost wages and other aftermath of a car accident is difficult enough. When that accident was caused by someone who was driving drunk, it makes people angry. When one is hurt because of an impaired driver’s disregard for other motorists, it adds insult to the offense. One chooses to drive while impaired. One does not choose to get hurt by a drunk driver.
At the law firm of Powers Law Firm we work with clients throughout North Carolina. We know that financial compensation alone can seldom make up for all you have lost. Our lawyers will serve as zealous advocates and will strive to obtain the full and fair compensation you may deserve.
It’s valuable to work with a lawyer who understands issues that can arise in a drunk driving accident. These cases can be very complex; you will need a strong advocate to protect your rights. Here are some issues that may be involved in a drunk driver accident case:
- The drunk driver may be driving without insurance, in which case you will need an aggressive advocate in dealing with your own insurance coverage for uninsured or underinsured motorists.
- There may be multiple parties who are responsible for paying your damages. For example, a DUI accident may involve the drunk driver’s insurance and the dram shop liability of the bar or restaurant that over-served the drunk driver. To help protect your rights to full compensation from both sources, you will need a lawyer who understands insurance law.
- Most DUI accident cases will also involve criminal charges against the drunk driver. If handled properly, evidence from the criminal case – such as breath test results – can be used in your civil personal injury case. However, the drunk driver will be represented by his or her attorney, and you will need a strong counselor to protect your interests.
People tend to be outraged when a drunk driver injures someone. As a result, juries may value these cases much higher than claims adjusters will. Jurors may even award additional compensation as punitive damages. When it is in your best interest, our lawyers are willing and able to file suit and try the case in court.
We are eager to serve victims of drunk driving accidents. We offer free attorney consultations on the phone, in the office, or in your home or the hospital if you are unable to travel. We are accessible 24 hours a day through our office phone at (704) 342-4357. You can also schedule an appointment by completing our simple contact form.