Drunk Driving Accidents and Dram Shop Liability in Raleigh, North Carolina
In a drunk driving accident, more people may be held responsible for the crash than just the intoxicated driver. For some accidents, the establishment that served alcoholic beverages to the guilty driver could be held liable as well, and this is because of dram shop laws. This could be in cases where an injurious or fatal DWI crash occurs after someone was over-served, or when a minor was sold alcohol.
You may even be able to go after the host of a party from which someone left drunk and then got into a crash. What this means is that if a drunk driver’s insurance cannot cover the expenses of your medical bills, car damage, lost wages, and more, you may be able to get the compensation you deserve from another negligent party, in this case, the person or place responsible for providing alcohol.
If you could prove a host or an establishment’s negligence, then you would be entitled to compensation for the accident. As with any area of law, this can be a highly complex matter, however, one for which you need a legal expert. But these cases are winnable and are in place for families to get the compensation they deserve after a tragic accident.
For example, last year, two parents in North Carolina were injured in the drunk driving accident that killed their unborn child and the other driver. They filed a lawsuit against the local restaurant that served the driver no less than 10 drinks, and a jury awarded them $1.7 million, agreeing that the restaurant had acted negligently.
If you or a loved one have been harmed in a drunk driving accident, then a Raleigh personal injury lawyer from our firm may be able to come alongside your family in this time to help you pursue a measure of justice against those responsible. Learn what you may be able to through a personal injury or wrongful death claim when you contact the Whitley Law Firm today.