DWI Injury Lawyer in Goldsboro NC
Goldsboro Drunk Driving Accident Injury Lawyer
The consequences of a drunk driving accident can be devastating. These accidents often involve head-on collisions, or serious rear-end crashes, and sometimes even roll-overs. Injuries can be severe or even life-threatening. In the most heartbreaking cases, DWI accidents result in death. While nothing can ever make up for injuries suffered or the death of a loved one, a drunk driving lawyer can help.
Since 1985, our firm has been fighting for victims of DWI accidents in Goldsboro and across North Carolina. A drunk driving accident lawyer can help strengthen your case and get you the compensation you need and deserve.
Drunk Driving Accidents in Goldsboro NC
How common is drunk driving? Unfortunately, these accidents happen often across North Carolina, and Goldsboro is no exception.
According to data from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), 48 crashes involved alcohol in Goldsboro in 2019 — and that’s to say nothing of accidents that go unreported. 22 of the reported DWI accidents resulted in injury.
Across the entire state of North Carolina, NCDOT reported 11,492 auto accidents involving alcohol in 2019, including 7,665 DWI accidents resulting in injury. There were 348 deaths caused by drunk driving in North Carolina in 2019.
The heartbreaking reality of these accidents is that they didn’t need to happen. Drunk driving is extremely dangerous and puts all those on the road in danger.
Injuries Caused by Drunk Driving Accidents
In more than 35 years serving the people of North Carolina, Riddle & Brantley’s personal injury lawyers in Goldsboro have handled thousands of auto accident cases, including many involving drunk driving. We’ve seen all types of injuries resulting from these accidents, including:
- Broken Bones
- Neck injuries (including whiplash)
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (including concussions)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Loss of limbs (amputations)
- Ejection from the vehicle
- Paralysis and semi-paralysis
Proving Fault in DWI Accidents
While there is typically no question of fault in a drunk driving case, certain factors can strengthen a personal injury claim or lawsuit filed by a victim or the deceased’s surviving family. In most drunk driving accidents, criminal charges will be filed, and a conviction provides strong support on behalf of the victim’s claim for compensation in a civil case. At Riddle & Brantley, our DWI injury lawyers in often attend court hearings in criminal cases to help ensure that justice is served on behalf of our clients.
Gross Negligence and Punitive Damages
In North Carolina, a defendant can also be held liable for injuries when they exhibit “gross negligence,” which is defined as “willful or wanton” conduct endangering others. North Carolina jury instructions clearly recognize driving under the influence as negligence, but drunk driving may also be considered gross negligence under certain circumstances.
When a drunk driver’s conduct is ruled “gross negligence,” a jury may award punitive damages in order to “punish” him or her for this behavior.
A DWI injury lawyer can help determine if punitive damages should be pursued in a drunken driving accident case.
Injured by a Drunk Driver in Goldsboro?
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a car accident where the at-fault driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, an experienced DWI injury lawyer at Riddle & Brantley may be able to help.
Since 1985, we’ve recovered millions of dollars in compensation (see disclaimer below) for victims of injury due to others’ negligence, and we would love to help you if we can.
There are no upfront costs, and we don’t get paid unless you do. If we don’t recover financial compensation for you in your drunk driving injury claim or lawsuit, you won’t pay any attorney fees.
Let an experienced drunk driving accident injury lawyer at Riddle & Brantley review your claim for free and at no obligation.
“They made a hard time in my life easier to endure.”
–Melissa C., Riddle & Brantley client
You may be entitled to compensation and our legal team can investigate the facts and circumstances of your accident, help determine the best legal options, and if you decide to hire us, fight tirelessly for your right to justice.Don’t wait — the longer you wait to talk with a car accident lawyer in Goldsboro, the harder it may be to win your case and recover the compensation you need and deserve.
We believe Justice Counts, and we’re ready to help however we can.
*** Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.