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Drunk Driving Accidents

If you live in North Carolina and you have recently been the victim of an accident caused by a drunk driver, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed – and that is completely understandable.

If you live in North Carolina and you have recently been the victim of an accident caused by a drunk driver, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed – and that is completely understandable. You may feel shocked, anxious, and unsure what steps to take to care for yourself in order to make sure you are able to pay your medical bills and get the care and compensation you need to move forward. You may have found our website because you are searching for a drunk driving accident injury lawyer who can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. If so, you’ve arrived at the right place, because at Clauson Law, that is exactly what we do.

Drunk Driving Laws in North Carolina

In North Carolina, a driver is considered to be driving while impaired if he or she has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher – 0.04 in the case of a commercial vehicle. Driving while impaired is not only dangerous – it is considered a crime, and like any crime, it has serious consequences. While there are criminal consequences, victims also have the opportunity to file a civil claim to recover compensation and damages for their injuries – and that’s where we come in.

At Clauson Law, we understand the complex law that pertains to North Carolina drunk driving accidents, and how to pursue the best strategies on behalf of our clients so that they can receive the compensation and justice they deserve. We also understand that being involved in a drunk driving accident can leave you full of questions and concerns, and that understanding the basic rights you have under the law can be reassuring.

  • You will have a claim against the driver;
  • You may have a claim against a bar or restaurant who sold alcohol to the driver;
  • You may have a claim against an employer, if the driver became drunk at an employer-sponsored event where alcohol was overserved;
  • You may have a claim against the host of a party if the driver became drunk at a party where alcohol was overserved.

While these are common grounds for claims, a qualified attorney at our firm will be able to listen to your particular story and advise you as to the causes of action that may be available to you personally.

What Types of Damages Might I Receive?

If you have recently been the victim of an accident caused by a drunk driver, you are probably also wondering what damages you may be entitled to. The stress of recovering from an injury can quickly be compounded by financial stress, and it is understandable to want to know how that financial pressure might be relieved.

In North Carolina, drunk driving accident damages for victims might include:

  • Lost Wages: Often, the injuries that are incurred as a result of a drunk driving accident leave victims unable to return to their job right away – or possibly ever. The stress of losing your job and your financial stability is the last thing you need when you’re trying to recover from an injury. As part of your lawsuit, you can request that you receive compensation for lost wages – both wages you have already lost, and for anticipated future losses, as well.
  • Medical Expenses: If you have recently been involved in a car accident, you may have sustained significant and lasting injuries. Even injuries that will eventually heal require medical treatment -often lasting for months, or even years. When you find yourself injured and unable to enjoy many of your normal day-to-day activities, the last thing that you need is to experience anxiety and stress about mounting medical bills. Damages for past, present, and future medical expenses for treating injuries which were incurred as a result of the accident are intended to help relieve that financial burden.
  • Pain and Suffering:Pain and suffering damages are intended to address the physical or emotional stress associated with an accident and the injuries it caused. Certainly, the more severe and long-lasting the injuries are, the higher the amount of damages associated with pain and suffering are likely to be.
  • Punitive Damages: Punitive damages are damages that are intended to “punish” an individual who has committed a particularly wrong or harmful act. Punitive damages are not available in most car accident cases, but in North Carolina, they are available for victims of drunk driving accidents. The goal is not only to punish the drunk driver, but also to keep other people from driving drunk in the future.
  • Wrongful Death Benefits: These are benefits that can be claimed by the loved one of someone who died as a result of another’s wrongful actions. In a drunk driving case, for example, this might be a claim brought by family members of a victim who tragically did not survive the accident caused by the drunk driver.

Call Clauson Law Today

At Clauson Law, we have over a decade of experience representing clients just like you, who find their lives completely changed as a result of an accident. We understand the stress of this situation, and the anxiety that you may be dealing with as you face mounting medical bills, an inability to work, and an unwanted change to the daily routines that you have always enjoyed.

On the other side of the coin, based on our years of experience successfully representing clients just like you, we believe that it is possible to overcome those feelings of anxiety and uncertainty, and to move forward toward your next chapter with confidence, knowing that you have received the compensation you rightfully deserve.

We are dedicated car accident attorneys who have the knowledge and experience that you need on your side as you fight for the justice and compensation you’re entitled to. We would be honored to have the opportunity to represent you. Call us today. We look forward to helping you soon.

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