Protect Your Rights If You Are Injured By A Drunk Driver
Accidents involving drunk drivers that result in serious injury or fatalities involve a number of unique issues that require an experienced personal injury attorney who understands how to approach these 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 claim they do not drink anymore.
Nichols Law Firm uncovers information that often contradicts what a drunk driver claims about having reformed. We represent people who have been injured by a drunk driver, asking the court to award punitive damages. We go to great lengths to protect the rights of a person who has been injured by a drunk driver.
These cases must be handled differently than a routine car accident injury case. Attorney Christopher R. Nichols has the experience and resources needed to hold drunk drivers financially liable for the injuries and deaths they cause. Use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation today.
Holding Drunk Drivers Financially Accountable
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. It may be possible to recover additional compensation from the homeowner’s or umbrella policy of the at-fault party. 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 minors and to visibly intoxicated patrons who later cause a drunk driving accident. A bar or restaurant that knowingly overserves an obviously drunk patron may serve as an additional source of financial recovery. This is especially important in wrongful death cases involving drunk drivers.
When pursuing dram shop cases, we recreate the timeline leading up to a drunk driving accident, check credit statements, bar tabs, security camera footage if available, and gather eyewitness testimony.
Let Us Start Protecting Your Rights
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.