North Carolina Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
What to Do If You Were Injured or Your Loved One Was Killed by a Drunk Driver
Not only is it illegal in the state of North Carolina to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, but a drunk driver who causes an accident can also be held accountable for damages in a civil action. If you were seriously injured or your loved one was killed by a drunk driver, contact a North Carolina drunk driving accident lawyer at Lanier Law Group to discuss your right to compensation and how to pursue a claim.
Seeking Fair Compensation for Your Damages
While no amount of financial recovery can make up for the ordeal you have been through, a settlement or jury verdict can provide you with vital financial resources to cover your injury-related expenses and losses.
These may include damages such as:
- Medical costs
- Lost current and future income
- Mental anguish
- Property damage
In the case of a wrongful death, you may seek compensation for funeral expenses, loss of companionship, loss of support, and more.
Our firm has many years of experience representing clients injured in car accidents caused by drunk drivers. We offer a free consultation during which you can discuss the details of your case and receive valuable personal injury information and advice regarding the claim process. Our attorneys are highly experienced litigators who provide professional and caring representation and will fight tirelessly for the monetary damages you are entitled to.
Understanding Your Rights after an Accident
The laws in North Carolina are very clear about the criminal sanctions for driving while intoxicated. A person convicted of DWI will face penalties such as jail time, fines, mandatory alcohol treatment, and driver's license suspension. On the civil side of the law, any person who was injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver can file a claim for monetary damages with the at-fault driver's insurance carrier.
Drunk driving is not just a criminal matter. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you have legal rights that entitle you to compensation under North Carolina personal injury laws. Likewise, if your loved one was killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you have the right to pursue a lawsuit against the driver for wrongful death benefits.
North Carolina personal injury laws state that if you have been injured in an accident due to the negligent, reckless, wanton, or careless actions of another person, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, property damage, mental anguish, and pain and suffering. Driving under the influence is a blatant form of negligence. Not only did the driver break the law, but he or she also disregarded the safety of other drivers and passengers on the road and put innocent people's lives—including yours or your loved one’s— at risk.
Why You Should Work with an Attorney
A settlement is best pursued with the help of a qualified North Carolina drunk driving injury lawyer. Your attorney will know how to prepare your claim and the type of documentation that will be needed to demonstrate the extent of your injuries and the impact they have had on your life. Without skilled representation, it will be much more difficult to obtain the full compensation you deserve.
At Lanier Law Group, we employ a collaborative, team-based approach to each case we take on. Our large team of experienced attorneys and dedicated legal staff works tirelessly to build thorough, exhaustive cases for injured victims and their families. We know how to obtain medical records and we always work quickly with the goal of securing the full, fair compensation you are owed as soon as possible so you can get the critical care you need to move forward with your life.