Two people were injured in a three-car accident that took place a little past 10 p.m. on Oct. 26 near the I-40 interchange on NC-42. According to authorities, alcohol and speed were both factors in the car accident. A driver heading east on NC-42 ran a red light and hit another driver who was attempting to make a left turn onto NC-42 from the I-40 off ramp. He then hit another westbound car that was stopped at the same red light.
The at-fault driver was not wearing a seat belt and sustained serious injuries. He was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Law enforcement officials charged him with not wearing a seat belt, reckless driving and DWI. The driver of the first car that he hit was also transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
When speed and alcohol are factors in a car accident, there may be grounds to prove recklessness and negligence. The at-fault driver may be held criminally and financially responsible for any injuries or property damage that was caused by the accident.
Evidence, such as breath or blood alcohol reports might be used in civil court to support the argument that a driver was impaired when an accident occurred. If the driver has been convicted on charges connected to the accident in criminal court, this may substantially improve the plaintiff's case.
If the case for compensation is strong, there is a possibility that the matter could be settled out of court. If the insurance company is presented with evidence, which includes a DUI conviction, it may be persuaded to offer a fair settlement to the plaintiff.
Source: 11 ABC, "Johnston County multi-car crash injures two people", October 27, 2013