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Seeking Justice For Drivers Injured In DUI Crashes

Driving is dangerous enough under normal circumstances. Things can become disastrous when a driver chooses to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. People can have their lives turned upside down instantly, through no fault of their own. At Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP, we rally behind members of our community who have been injured by reckless and negligent drivers. We do everything in our power to get their lives back on track so they can focus on their recovery.

Proven Drunk Driver Attorneys

Sadly, even drunk drivers who are convicted and charged with a DUI will do it time and time again. They do not learn from a first offense. At Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, it is our goal to help ensure justice is served to an at-fault drunk driver who causes serious injury or death.

Our attorneys help injured parties obtain the damages they deserve. In victim of drunk driving cases, you may be entitled to compensatory damages, including:

  • Medical costs and expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent injury

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident like this, Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP, offers a free consultation and case evaluation. We will personally sit down with you, hear your case, inform you of your rights and possible courses of action, and offer you an experienced DUI victim attorney to handle your case, all completely free of charge.

Punitive Damages Explained

Punitive damages are intended to penalize an at-fault driver, as opposed to paying the injured person for damages. They are intended to send a message that this type of behavior will not be accepted or tolerated in our community. You may be entitled to punitive damages following the willful or unlawful conduct of an impaired or drunk.

The Impact Of Drunk Driving Accidents In North Carolina

Drunk driving claimed 323 lives in our state and more than 10,000 nationally in 2019. Many more were injured. 23.5% of all fatal car crashes in North Carolina that year involved alcohol, and 17.7% of alcohol-related fatalities were people under 21.

Watch For Signs Of Intoxicated Driving On The Road

Drunk driving is easy to spot if there’s enough time to notice the signs before impact. Red flags to look out for include the following:

  • Driving too fast or too slow
  • Ignoring signs and signals
  • Lack of lane control
  • Crashing into property or other cars

If you notice these things, pull over and let the driver pass you or take an alternate route to avoid danger.

Common Questions About Drunk Driving Accidents

When are drunk driving accidents most likely to happen?

There are several times of the year when the threat of drunk driving accidents spikes. The summer months are when these crashes are most likely to happen. The winter months also see many alcohol-related accidents due to the holidays.

What do I do if I get in a crash with a drunk driver?

If a drunk driver crashes into you, call 911 immediately. Gather contact and insurance information if your and the other driver’s conditions permit you to do so. Even if you don’t seem to be seriously injured, get medical attention right away. Contact an attorney to begin working on your personal injury case.

What insurance do I need to cover a drunk driving accident?

North Carolina drivers are legally required to have a minimum of 30/60/25 liability and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Here’s a breakdown of what those liability limits look like:

  • $30,000 for bodily injury per person
  • $60,000 per accident
  • $25,000 for property damage

The same limits apply to uninsured motorist coverage.

Let Us Help You Pick Up The Pieces

If you are the victim of a drunk driving accident, we at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP, are here to help you seek justice. To get on the road to recovery, set up a free consultation by sending us a message online or calling our office at 252-787-4627