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Driving while under the influence of alcohol doesn’t put just the driver at risk, but everyone around them on the road as well, from other drivers and passengers to bicyclists and pedestrians. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 30 people die in drunk driving accidents in the U.S. every day – one person every 50 minutes.
In 2018 alone, more than 10,000 people died from drunk driving crashes. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation. While drunk drivers face criminal charges, you can still file a civil claim separately and hold them financially responsible for your injuries.
When you call our drunk driving accident attorneys in Morehead City, NC, we can help you bring negligent drivers to justice. Davis, Murrelle & Lyles, P.A. has decades of experience helping the injured recover and move on with their lives in North Carolina and want to help you, too.
The Dangers of Driving While Drunk
According to the NHTSA, a third of all fatal car accidents involve drunk drivers. Drunk driving occurs when individuals who have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or greater get behind the wheel.
Though 0.08% is the legal limit to drive in the United States, even a lower BAC level can impair your driving ability, which is why authorities and officials often say it’s best to not drive if you’ve had anything to drink at all.
Being intoxicated can make driving dangerous in a lot of different ways. Common dangers associated with drinking and driving include:
- Poor judgment and decision making: Alcohol impairs one’s judgment to the point where drivers may behave recklessly by speeding, running red lights, failing to stop at stop signs, and more. Alcohol can also make drivers more susceptible to distractions, such as texting or talking on the phone when they should be focused on the road in front of them.
- Slowed reaction time: Alcohol causes slower reactions to situations that can include any sudden road hazards, such as a pedestrian running into the street. Slowed reaction times mean drivers may not be able to brake in time before colliding with cars in front of them if there is stopped or slowed traffic. Alcohol also affects motor skills like hand, eye, and foot coordination.
- Decreased vision: Being under the influence can blur one’s vision, which is extremely dangerous when being able to see clearly is crucial when driving on the road. Vision impairment can also prevent drivers from being to judge the distance between them and cars in front of or around them.
Drunk driving can cause accidents that result in a variety of injuries both minor and serious, including:
- Sprains and fractures
- Broken bones
- Crushed limbs
- Spinal cord and neck injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Head and brain injuries
- And more
What Should You Do After an Accident With a Drunk Driver?
After a car accident involving a drunk driver, it’s important to put your health first. Drunk driving collisions often result in serious injuries. Call 911 to provide for an ambulance as well as authorities to respond to the scene. Drunk drivers need to be reported and apprehended before they cause additional damage.
When you wait for authorities to respond, it’s also important to:
- Gather evidence that can support your personal injury claim.
- Take photos of the crash, property damage, and your injuries.
- Collect contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident.
- Hire an attorney.
Our firm is fully equipped with the resources and professional experience you need to investigate your accident and correspond with insurance companies.
Personal injury claims are considered civil actions, which are separate from criminal charges that are imposed by the courts. In criminal cases, prosecutors need to prove the at-fault party is guilty of drunk driving beyond a reasonable doubt to achieve a conviction, while in a civil claim, victims need only to prove that their injuries were caused by the driver through evidence.
If certain kinds of evidence were used in the criminal case against the drunk driver, it can also be used in your civil claim. If the drunk driver is then convicted of a DUI, it can support your claim, as the conviction is public record and can be used as evidence. Our attorneys have handled countless drunk driving accident cases and know how we can use a DUI to strengthen your claim.
“Ed Murrelle and his legal team are excellent. They resolved my personal injury claim after a serious automobile accident. The other driver, who was found at fault, was not injured, but my arm was broken by the explosive force of my air bag inflating. After”- Steve G.
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