Rockingham Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
Tough representation when an intoxicated driver causes death or serious injuries
Drunk driving is a leading cause of severe injuries and deaths in Rockingham and throughout North Carolina and the US. There’s no excuse for driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of narcotics. People who drink anywhere should understand why driving after they’ve had a beer or other alcoholic drink is dangerous. An accident claim seeking the maximum amount of damages provides compensation for injury victims and families – while sending a message to the drunk driver that his/her conduct is inexcusable.
At Price, Petho & Associates, our Rockingham drunk driving accident lawyers represent people who suffer injuries due to an intoxicated driver. We also pursue wrongful death claims when a loved one dies in a car or truck accident caused by a drunk driver. If you or a loved one have been injured in a crash caused by a drunk driver, we will investigate your claim, help determine liability, and work to secure full compensation for your losses. Get the help you need from lawyers who are ready to try your case in court.
How can we help?
- How common are drunk driving crashes in NC?
- What injuries are caused by drunk drivers in Rockingham?
- How alcohol affects a driver’s ability to control a car
- How a DUI charge can affect a civil claim
- Who is liable for a drunk driving accident in Rockingham?
- What is the time limit to file a drunk driving accident claim in Rockingham?
- Do you have a drunk driving accident lawyer near me?
How common are drunk driving crashes in NC?
Despite substantial efforts by government entities, private companies, and nonprofit agencies, drunk driving crashes still occur at alarmingly high rates across North Carolina. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, out of the 1470 deaths on North Carolina roads in 2021, 270 (or nearly 20%) involved a drunk driver.
What injuries are caused by drunk drivers in Rockingham?
For those who do survive these tragic incidents, the injuries are often severe. It is common for our Rockingham drunk driving accident attorneys to help clients who have sustained the following:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic amputation
- Burn injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Crush injuries
- Significant scarring and disfigurement
- Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
- Emotional and psychological trauma
We also represent the families of relatives who die due to an intoxicated driver.
How alcohol affects a driver’s ability to control a car
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a driver’s ability to drive safely is impaired, based on the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level as follows:
- .02: about two beers. Loss of judgment and trouble multi-tasking.
- .05: about three beers. Reduced coordination and ability to track moving objects. Difficulty steering.
- .08: about four beers. Trouble controlling speed. Difficulty processing information and reasoning.
- .10: about five beers. Markedly slowed reaction time. Difficulty staying in lanes and braking when needed.
- .15: about seven beers. Serious difficulty controlling a car or truck and focusing on driving.
In North Carolina, drivers whose tests reveal a BAC of .08 or higher will be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
How a DUI charge can affect a civil claim
Many drivers who cause accidents due to driver intoxication will be charged with driving under the influence (and possibly more serious charges) if their BAC is .08 or more. While there is no requirement that a driver be convicted of a DUI to file your civil personal injury claim, a conviction generally makes it easier to settle your claim. A conviction of a DUI generally can be used to show the driver caused your accident.
The criminal case usually proceeds first. Our Rockingham drunk driving lawyers work with the prosecution to help coordinate their case with your case.
Who is liable for a drunk driving accident in Rockingham?
The drunk driver who causes a car accident or truck accident is liable for the accident the driver causes.
Other defendants may include the owner of the vehicle, an employer, or a trucking company that hired the driver.
In North Carolina, a tavern or establishment that has a liquor license may be liable for a drunk driving accident if the tavern sold alcohol to a minor, the minor caused an accident due to drinking the alcohol, and the accident caused your injuries or the death of a loved one.
Our lawyers will explain whether a business establishment or a social host that serves liquor to anyone who is visibly intoxicated may be liable for any accidents.
Our lawyers demand compensation from the liable defendants for:
- All your medical expenses
- Any lost wages you incur
- Your out-of-pocket expenses
- Property damage losses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against the driver
We demand wrongful death damages when a loved one dies in a Rockingham drunk driving accident.
What is the time limit to file a drunk driving accident claim in Rockingham?
The North Carolina statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is two years and personal injury actions is three years from the date the injury occurs. This gives impaired driving accident victims a two to three-year window with which to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent driver. Failing to file a claim within this time frame will result in the victim being unable to recover the compensation he or she is entitled to receive.
Please don’t wait. If you were hurt, or a loved one was killed in a drunk driving accident, call us immediately. It is crucial that drunk driving accident victims also report the incident to their insurance carrier as soon as possible to prevent the carrier from delaying or denying the claim in any way.
Do you have a drunk driving accident lawyer near me?
Our Rockingham office is conveniently located at 801 E Broad Ave, #17 in Rockingham, NC. We also have offices in Charlotte and Rutherfordton. We meet victims and families at their homes or in a hospital if they are not mobile or ill.
Speak with our Rockingham drunk driving accident lawyer today
If you or somebody you love has been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver in or around the Rockingham area, contact the team at Price, Petho & Associates today. We have the resources necessary to conduct a complete investigation into the drunk driving accident case so we can determine liability and secure full compensation for your losses. When you need a Rockingham drunk driving accident attorney, call us at 704-372-2160 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.