One can never fathom the shock and horror of learning that a loved one has died in an automobile accident. When the tragedy that has occurred is a drunk driving accident, one's grief and sorrow may be intensified. It is understandable that a North Carolina family would desire to seek justice against a driver whose choice to get behind the wheel while intoxicated has taken the life of a loved one.
A motorist never knows when he or she will be involved in an accident while driving on North Carolina roads. Even when a driver takes all precautions and carefully adheres to traffic regulations, another motorist's negligence can result in a collision. When a person suffers an injury or loses a loved one because of a negligent driver, he or she may experience frustration in addition to grief. When a drunk driving accident is determined to have caused an injury or death, it only makes matters worse.
When a person decides to get behind the wheel of a car in North Carolina or elsewhere, he or she is expected to obey all traffic laws. The personal safety of the driver and all others in or near the roadway depends on it. What is a family to do, then, when they suffer the untimely death of a loved one due to the negligent actions of a motorist in a car accident?
Wedding receptions are typically joyful events with music, dancing, feasting and friends and family gathered to celebrate a newly married couple. One event in North Carolina, however, ended in tragedy when a young man was killed in a car accident after leaving the wedding party. His parents filed a lawsuit against the hosts of the party, accusing them of allowing the parent's underage son to drink alcohol before getting behind the wheel of his car.
A horrific tragedy occurred on July 19 in North Carolina. The suspected drunk driving accident resulted in the loss of three lives. The person deemed responsible for the crash was reportedly released from jail after recently posting bond. Reports indicate that he might have been less than forthright with officers immediately following the incident.
Although a person charged with a crime in North Carolina and all other states is presumed innocent unless and until proved guilty in court, the fact of the matter is that just being accused of the crime often has immediate and long-lasting effects. It is understandable that one who finds him or herself charged with an offense related to alcohol would want to seek clarification on the issues at hand. Regardless of what has led to your arrest, you have right to seek legal representation in the matter.
Just as in the 49 other states, drivers who choose to drink and get behind the wheel place themselves and others on the road with them at an enormous risk of injury or death from an alcohol-related crash.
Drivers who get behind the wheel while they are impaired by alcohol or drugs create a serious hazard for people who they share the roads with in North Carolina. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30 people are killed each day around the country in car accidents that involve a drunk driver. In a further showing of the magnitude of the problem, statistics from 2012 showed that almost one-third of all traffic-related fatalities in the United States that year involved an alcohol-impaired driver, and many of them were ages 14 and younger who were passengers in the vehicle with the impaired driver.
Drinking and driving should be a major concern for the people of North Carolina. The consequences of drunk driving are life-changing and expensive due to arrests, injuries, property damage and occasionally, loss of life.
A young man who stood accused of killing his 19-year-old friend in a drunk driving accident on a North Carolina roadway was recently found not guilty by a jury.