DUI Accidents in North Carolina
Impaired driving has been found to cause delayed reactions to road conditions and is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4,102 people were killed in accidents involving a drunk driver during the years 2003-2012. Our state forbids the operation of a motor vehicle by any driver with a .08 percent or above blood alcohol concentration (BAC), with lower limits for drivers under age 21 as well as commercial drivers, and sobriety checkpoints are allowed on our roadways.
Negligence and Negligence Per Se
In typical motor vehicle accidents, negligence is known as the legal theory of liability under which drivers can be held accountable for their actions. Negligence is a person’s failure to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances, and the elements of negligence — duty, breach of duty, proximate cause, and damages — must be proven for the plaintiff to recover damages.
However, in the case of driving while under the influence, a victim may be able to hold a driver liable under the theory of negligence per se. Under this theory, a defendant may be found liable for injuries caused in an accident if they violated a statute. Additionally, a driver convicted of a DUI who causes injuries may be found negligent as a matter of law and be held liable for damages without the plaintiff having to prove the elements of negligence.
Contact Our Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyers Today
Were you seriously injured in a collision involving a drunk driver? The experienced personal injury lawyers at Nagle & Associates, P.A. will give you compassionate yet aggressive legal representation, and help you pursue maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact our firm online or call (800) 411-1583 to schedule your free initial case evaluation today.