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Drunk drivers place thousands of lives at risk every single day. Drunk drivers have slower reaction times and may drive erratically. In addition, a victim of a drunk driving accident may be entitled to collect punitive damages, which are designed to punish the at-fault driver.

If you or someone you know was injured in a drunk driving accident and you are looking for legal help, reach out to our injury attorneys or send us an email, it will not cost you anything to meet with our Raleigh drunk driving accident attorney!

Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approximately one-third of fatal auto accidents involve a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or greater. This is the limit at which a driver is considered to be “driving while impaired” or DWI under North Carolina law.

In 2008, the NHTSA reports that there were 11,773 fatalities in auto accidents that involved a driver with an illegal blood alcohol concentration. This was approximately 32% of the fatalities for the year. In North Carolina alone, 423 of 1,433 auto accident fatalities were linked with drunk drivers.

When you consider the high percentage of accidents that involve drunk drivers, it is important to get information about what you can do as the victim of a drunk driving accident. When you call our law offices, we will offer you information and guidance that is applicable to your specific case. We will talk to you about what we can do to help and will offer you much-needed support so you can make the right choices about your case.

Drunk Driving Accident Liability

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.

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.

Contact a Raleigh Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Today

We have several offices conveniently located in North Carolina, with locations in Raleigh. Please contact a Raleigh drunk driving accident lawyer from The Whitley Law Firm today, we look forward to assisting you with your personal injury claim and helping you recover physically, emotionally and financially from your tragic accident.