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DWI - DUI Accident Injury Claims

Raleigh, North Carolina Drunk Driving Accident Attorney

Accidents involving drunk drivers and serious injuries or fatalities involve a number of unique issues that require an experienced personal injury attorney who understands how to approach these kinds of cases. When a drunk driver injures or kills someone, criminal charges are almost always filed. During a drunk driver's criminal trial, important information about events leading up to an accident and their personal life may come to light. Additionally, during the sentencing phase, he or she may make claims about not drinking anymore or staying away from bars. As your attorney, I gather and uncover information that often contradicts what a drunk driver claims about having reformed. Here, I put information before a jury that paints a different picture of a drunk driver, asking the court to award punitive damages when it's clear the drunk that hit you has not changed his or her ways. I will go to criminal court with my client, to make sure the District Attorney protects the rights of the victim of a drunk driver.

How a drunk driving accident injury case is handled requires a different approach than a car accident case. I have the experience and resources needed to hold drunk drivers financially liable for the injuries and deaths they cause. To schedule a free consultation, contact drunk driving accident injury lawyer Chris Nichols today.

Holding Drunk Drivers Financially Accountable for the Injuries they Cause

While a drunk driver's insurance may cover some or all of your losses, it is possible to collect punitive damages in drunk driving accident injury cases. In North Carolina, there is no cap for punitive damages when hit by a drunk driver. In cases where the injuries involved are catastrophic, it may be possible to access other sources of insurance coverage. Here, it may be possible to recover additional compensation from a drunk driver's homeowner's or umbrella policy. As a result, you may be able to recover damages over and above the policy limits of a drunk driver's car insurance policy when your medical bills and other losses exceed what you are able to recover directly through an insurance injury claim.

Dram Shop Liability - Holding Restaurants and Bars Accountable

Under North Carolina's dram shop law, bars, restaurants, liquor stores and social hosts can be held financially accountable for serving alcohol to minor and to visibly intoxicated patrons who later cause a drunk driving accident. Here, servers of alcohol can also serve as an additional source of insurance. This is especially important in wrongful death cases involving drunk drivers. When pursuing dram shop cases, I re-create the timeline leading up to a drunk driving accident, checking credit statements, bar tabs, security camera footage if available, and gathering eyewitness testimony.

Contact Drunk Driving Accident Injury Attorney Chris Nichols Today

If you've been seriously injured by a drunk driver or have lost a family member in a fatal drunk driving accident, contact personal injury lawyer Chris Nichols today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case.

Nichols Law Firm - Midtown Raleigh - 1312 Annapolis Drive - Suite 103 - Raleigh, NC 27608  - 919.915.0212 - 800.906.5984 - Email Us