If you have been injured by a drunk driver in North Carolina, there are many factors to consider as you seek legal representation to protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve. North Carolina is an “at-fault” state, which increases the likelihood of an accident victim being able to sue a drunk driver and hold them accountable for losses related to pain and suffering, medical expenses, rehabilitation, wages and future earnings, and property damage. In addition to compensatory damages, you may be entitled to punitive damages as a result of the drunk driver’s willful or wanton conduct in causing your injuries.
Factors to Consider
In order to determine the best strategy to maximize your recovery in a drunk driving accident, it is important to gather all relevant information about the driver that caused your injuries. For example, if the driver has a previous history of driving under the influence or other traffic related infractions, you may be entitled to recover punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages. In addition, if the driver was acting willfully or wantonly, or if a third party is liable for serving alcohol to the driver past intoxication, these facts could increase your claim for compensation. If the drunk driver was operating someone else’s vehicle at the time of the accident, you could have a claim against the owner of the car. With such important considerations, it is also important to talk to an experienced attorney who can help you understand your rights and protect your future.