Drunk driver accidents can be traumatic — Choose an experienced lawyer to guide you
The hazards of driving while intoxicated (DWI) are well documented. Unfortunately, drunk drivers are still responsible for many deaths and car accident injuries on North Carolina roads, despite efforts to reduce drinking and driving.
Don't hesitate to contact an experienced car accident lawyer in North Carolina if you or a loved one was injured or your loved one died as a result of a drunk driver. Call 1-866-900-7078. We may be able to help you pursue compensation or pursue a wrongful death claim if necessary.
Injury from an at-fault DWI offender
Alcohol-impaired driving is one of the most frequent and deadliest crimes in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol was a factor in 11,773 motor vehicle-related deaths in 2008 — 32 percent of all traffic fatalities that year. In North Carolina, alcohol was a factor in 423 motor vehicle deaths in 2008 — 29.5 percent of all the state's traffic fatalities that year.
Each of these percentage points represents lives lost to drunk driving. But these drunk driving statistics just relate to fatalities. Injuries related to drunk driving happen more frequently than fatalities — and even "minor" injuries can have long-term health implications. Agreeing to a settlement before these long-term costs are taken into account can leave you responsible for future medical expenses and other costs.
How our attorneys fight for victims of drunk driving
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin works hard to prevent drunk driving, as well as represent victims of drunk driving accidents. The firm has been a significant supporter of the North Carolina Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and has sponsored the annual "Walk Like MADD" fundraiser in Raleigh, North Carolina. The firm has also sponsored public service announcements on television about the dangers of drunk driving.
The commitment to eradicating drunk driving extends to the highest level of the firm. Attorney James S. Farrin, and Attorney Michael Jordan, one of the firm's shareholders and an attorney in the Personal Injury Department, both have served on the Advisory Board for the North Carolina Chapter of MADD.
While the firm works to make the roads safer, innocent people are still injured by drunk drivers far too often. In some cases, drunk driving liability extends beyond the person who was behind the wheel. At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, our attorneys take special pride in assisting the victims of drunk drivers. We thoroughly examine all factors in trying to help our clients recover damages in a drunk driving case.
Contact a car accident lawyer in North Carolina
If you are a victim of any car accident, you may be entitled to recover expenses related to medical care, property damage and pain & suffering, including emotional distress. Victims of car accidents that involve "willful or wanton conduct" such as drunk driving may be entitled to seek punitive (punishment) damages, as well. The state of North Carolina specifically admonishes against drunk driving and allows the potential of punitive damages as a way to deter drunk driving. Of course, punitive damages may apply to other situations as well if the conduct of the at-fault individual was particularly flagrant and egregious.
There are many ways a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you get fair compensation for your injuries. Don't leave your future to chance. Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. We mean business!