Drunk Driving Liability
Let our North Carolina DWI accident attorneys provide legal guidance
If you were injured due to the negligence of a drunk driver, your potential personal injury case may not be as simple as it seems on the surface. At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, our aggressive injury lawyers in North Carolina will look very closely at all of the factors that may have contributed to the drunk driving car accident. Drunk driving liability may extend beyond the driver. Depending on the circumstances, we may ask the following questions related to your drunk driving car accident:
- Who supplied alcohol to the drunk driver?
- Did a bartender serve the defendant (the person being sued) alcohol when he or she was visibly intoxicated?
- Did a homeowner who was hosting a party give the defendant alcohol?
- If the defendant is under the legal age to drink alcohol (21), who supplied the defendant with alcohol?
Determining who else may be negligent
We may be able to find that someone other than the driver who was driving while intoxicated (DWI) was acting negligently. The legal terms are "dram shop case" or "social host liability." In general, businesses and homeowners who serve alcohol to someone have a responsibility to refuse providing alcohol if that person is visibly intoxicated. North Carolina law has established that a host of a party or a bartender or waiter cannot serve a visibly intoxicated person if they know they are going to drive. If they are found liable, they may also be responsible for damages in your drunk driving case.
In handling a dram shop case, an attorney should leave no stone unturned. A bartender or a homeowner hosting a party likely will claim the defendant only had a couple of drinks and did not appear drunk. However, we may be able to get a different story by interviewing other people at the bar or event.
Choose our personal injury attorneys
With so much at stake, you may not want to pursue a drunk driving accident claim on your own. You may need an attorney who has the skills and resources to conduct a full investigation and ask all of the tough questions. At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, you get representation from a compassionate and experienced attorney. Call 1-866-900-7078 or contact a personal injury attorney in North Carolina online. Tell the insurance companies you mean business.