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Drunk Driving Accidents

As in all states, in North Carolina it is a crime to operate a vehicle while impaired by the effects of alcohol or drugs. The offense may be called driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), or operating under the influence (OUI). Whatever the specific title, North Carolina DUI laws make it illegal for a person to operate a car, truck, motorcycle, or commercial vehicle if:

  • The driver's ability to safely operate the vehicle is impaired by the effects of alcohol, illegal drugs, prescribed medications such as painkillers, or even over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines; or
  • The driver is intoxicated at a level above established DUI standards, such as blood-alcohol concentration (BAC). In North Carolina, this level is defined as a BAC of .08%.

Some car accidents are caused by drunk drivers. Generally, a dram shop claim arises when a bar or liquor store sells alcoholic beverages to a person who is under the influence of alcohol at the time of the purchase. If the person to whom the liquor was sold injures a third party while under the influence, the courts may impose liability for the third person's injuries on the commercial seller of the liquor. The "dram shop" claim may be especially helpful when the other driver is uninsured or underinsured, and may add significant coverage in the case of serious and extensive injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver in North Carolina, The Rodzik Law Group experienced attorneys can help you recover the damages due to you. We are well-versed in North Carolina law and we will not charge you a fee unless we can win compensation for you. Contact us to get our seasoned professional attorneys to work on your case today.