Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Injured by a Drunk Driver: Key Points to Ponder

Did you know that about 233 million vehicles are on the road every year in the U.S., and of these, about one in 2,000 is driven by a person intoxicated by alcohol to some degree? In one day, about 720 people are injured in alcohol-related driving incidents. It’s a preventable crime, but it can easily happen to anyone.

If you are a victim of a drunk driving incident, you should get in touch with an experienced Raleigh personal injury lawyer. Discuss your case with an experienced legal professional and understand your rights before negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a civil lawsuit against the driver. Seek a lawyer’s help after (or before) receiving treatment for your injuries. This should be done right away and should be properly documented, as this will be instrumental to your legal complaint.

How the Criminal Case May Affect Your Injury Claim

A personal injury claim is common in alcohol-related injury cases, especially in the state of North Carolina. It is the way to seek compensation for your injuries from the incident. The criminal charges against the drunk driver are separate since criminal prosecution is primarily aimed at protecting others by limiting the driver’s privileges. However, the criminal case may provide valuable evidence which may be used in a civil lawsuit.

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