Automobile collisions can cause life-changing injuries, and this is especially true with drunk driving accidents Intoxicated drivers often fail to take any evasive actions that might reduce the force of the collision, such as braking or swerving. This, in turn, leads to more severe injuries such as brain and spinal cord injuries. If you or a loved one has been hurt by a drunk driver, our Raleigh personal injury attorneys can help. Our personal injury lawyers aggressively handle drunk driving cases and can be reached at 919.480.8526, or by using our contact page.
Drunk driving accidents are handled differently by insurance companies. They frequently try to reach out and settle these cases as soon as possible. The reason for that is simple. If a DUI case is taken all the way to a jury trial, the jury can award additional damages beyond those available in other automobile collision cases. The insurance company then has to pay that verdict on behalf of its drunk driving insured. It would rather mislead injured victims into settling the case early than to let those victims have the opportunity to speak with an attorney and learn the available options.
Like any other automobile accident case, a collision involving a negligent drunk driver entitles you to recover basic “compensatory” damages. These are damages designed to “make you whole,” such as compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and physical pain and mental suffering. However, you may also recover “punitive damages.” Punitive damages are designed to punish someone who has acted recklessly and with indifference to the rights and safety others. The perfect example is a drunk driver. Juries tend to award more “punitive” damages when the drunk driver is a repeat offender. Under North Carolina law, punitive damages are typically capped at $250,000 or 3 times your compensatory damages, whichever is higher. This cap is removed however for cases involving drunk drivers. A jury can award any amount it sees fit to punish the drunk driver. The amount will typically depend upon how bad the conduct was.
Our Raleigh auto accident lawyers offer free case evaluations to all North Carolinians injured in drunk driving accidents. We handle all automobile accident cases on a contingency fee basis so that you pay no attorneys’ fees unless we recover money damages on your behalf. We will travel to meet with you. Call our firm at 919.480.8526 or visit our contact page to send a confidential email with the facts of your case.