Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys in Asheville, NC
Drunk driving accidents are a serious problem in Asheville and throughout Western North Carolina. The mountains of Western North Carolina have many narrow, two-lane roads with tight curves and no shoulders.
Mountain roads are dangerous enough without encountering a driver who has had too much to drink.
Those who choose to drink and drive and then cause drunk driving car accidents should be held accountable when others suffer personal injury or death because of their recklessness. People who have been harmed by drunk drivers have a right to compensation to help them with medical bills and other losses suffered in a drunk driving accident.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, turn to a trusted Asheville-based law firm for help. The Elmore and Smith Law Firm, PC can advise you about your legal rights to seek compensation from the at-fault drunk driver and his or her insurance company.
Drunk Driving Accidents In North Carolina
There were more than 11,700 alcohol-related car crashes in North Carolina in 2011, according to the University of North Carolina’s Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC). There were 5,863 alcohol-related accidents resulting in personal injury, and 366 drinking-related fatal car crashes in the state in 2011.
In Buncombe County alone, alcohol was a factor in eight fatal car accidents and 162 car crashes with nonfatal personal injuries in 2011, according to the HSRC. Overall, there were 22 fatal car accidents in Buncombe County in 2011, which means alcohol was a contributing factor in more than 36 percent of car crash deaths in the Asheville area in 2011.
Drinking and driving is irresponsible and negligent behavior. Yet it continues despite stiff legal penalties for driving while impaired (DWI) in North Carolina.
A driver is legally intoxicated in North Carolina if his or her blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 percent or greater. A drunk driver may face criminal prosecution after a DWI accident and upon conviction be fined, lose driving privileges, and be sentenced to probation, community service and attendance at Alcohol Drug Education Training School (ADETS). Multiple DWI convictions or DWIs with aggravating factors, such as having a juvenile in the car, can lead to jail time and lengthy revocation of the DWI convict’s driver’s license.
But criminal prosecution does not address the losses of those injured in a DWI car crash. Instead, North Carolina law permits car accident victims and their families to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit to obtain compensation for their losses, such as medical expenses, property damage (the car), and pain and suffering.
Even a drinking driver who was not convicted of DWI may be sued, and his or her drinking may be a factor in such a lawsuit. Also, passengers who were riding in the alcohol-impaired driver’s car could be entitled to compensation for the injuries they suffered in the crash.
An experienced Western North Carolina DWI accident lawyer at The Elmore and Smith Law Firm, PC can assist and advise you if you have been hurt because of a car accident caused by an intoxicated driver. We make it our mission to protect the legal interests of drunk driving accident victims.
Contact An Experienced Western N.C. DWI Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a traffic accident in Western North Carolina caused by a drunk driver, turn to a trusted Asheville, North Carolina, law firm for help. Turn to The Elmore and Smith Law Firm, PC.
For more than three decades, The Elmore and Smith Law Firm, PC has been assisting victims of DWI-related automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents and wrongful death accidents in Asheville and Western North Carolina.