Durham Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys

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Due to impaired judgement and slower reaction times, it is no surprise that drunk drivers get into far more accidents than sober drivers. Drunk driving accidents can be life-altering events for the innocent victims who are injured by the careless drivers who chose to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. As deaths from drunk driving accidents continually rise, the laws against such behavior grow stricter and the tolerance lowers.

If you or someone you love was injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, don’t wait to contact our Durham drunk driving accident attorneys. We can help you seek the compensation you both need and deserve.

North Carolina Drunk Driving Laws

Drunk driving falls under the category of DWI in North Carolina, translated as Driving While Impaired. This covers both drunk driving and driving while under the influence of drugs. The effects of drugs and alcohol vary depending on drug type and amount of alcohol, but the safest bet is to not drive AT ALL while intoxicated in any way.

What is the Legal Alcohol Limit in NC?

car keys laying on the counter next to several empty beer glassesNorth Carolina blood alcohol concentration tolerance:

  • 0.08% if 21 years old or older
  • 0% if under 21 years of age
  • 0.04% if commercial driver (CDL)
  • 0.04% if driving with a prior DWI

The effects of driving while intoxicated include:

  • Slowed Reaction Times: Slowed reflexes, decreasing a driver’s ability to react to changing situations.
  • Impaired Judgement: A hindered ability to make rational decisions or safe driving choices.
  • Impaired Cognitive Function: Attention span, understanding of surroundings and comprehension are impaired.
  • Impaired Vision: Slowed eye function, eye movement and perception are impaired and/or blurred.
  • Tracking: Judgement of the vehicle’s place on the road, location of other vehicles, road signs and lanes becomes impaired.

Understanding the full effects of driving while under the influence is one way to help victims, and all drivers, comprehend the numerous negative effects “just one drink” can have on driving capabilities. There is no justification for drunk driving.

Can You Sue a Bar for DUI?

In some instances, North Carolina allows for victims to sue the bar or "dram shop" that served alcohol to the individual who caused their accident. The particular statute that addresses this is NC General Statutes section 18B-121. You may have a case against the bar if the following are true:

  • The bar showed negligence in serving alcohol to a minor
  • The minor caused the car accident while under the influence of the alcohol they received at the bar or dram shop
  • Your injuries were directly caused by the minor's driving as a result of their intoxication

While North Carolina law does prohibit bartenders from serving alcohol to individuals who are obviously intoxicated, the law does not allow for third-party victims to sue the establishment in these situations. Ultimately, bartenders are not responsible for drunk drivers except when involving the above-listed criteria.

Victims of Drunk Driving Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), alcohol-impaired crashes accounted for 28% of all traffic-related deaths throughout the U.S. in 2016.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that each day about 30 people are killed in drunk-driving accidents. In 2018 alone, there were a total of 10,511 deaths caused by drunk driving.

While many drunk driving accidents result in death, this is not the case for all accidents. Some accidents result in victims requiring extensive medical treatment or even lifelong care in order to continue living their lives following an accident. If you have been the victim of a drunk driver, you deserve justice! Let our drunk driving accident lawyers fight for your right to recovery!

Involved in a Drunk Driving Accident? We Can Help.

Professional and dedicated legal counsel is key in drunk driving accidents. It provides relief from the inevitable complexities of the legal process, so accident victims can work on rebuilding the normalcy of their lives. If you’ve been in a drunk driving accident, let us stand by your side and advocate for your rights while also fighting for all the victims who do not get a chance to speak for themselves. There is no excuse for drunk driving, and such negligence warrants punishment. Your story should be heard.

Reach out to our team of Durham drunk driving attorneys today at (919) 336-1932 or by clicking here.

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