When drivers are impaired by drugs or alcohol, they will lose their basic coordination skills and create a high risk situation for other vehicles on the road. Many intoxicated drivers will find themselves in both criminal and civil court after a collision.
A drunk driver was arrested after he crashed into another vehicle in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Intoxicated driver hurts two women on the weekend
The accident happened at the intersections of South Salisbury Street and West Davie Street Early on a Saturday morning in Raleigh. Three vehicles in total were affected by the accident. Two women who were in one of the other cars at the time of the accident needed to be treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. The driver was charged under the state’s law for DWI or Driving While Intoxicated. The police also added an additional charge for resisting arrest at the scene. Information about the third vehicle was not available at the time of the news report, and the local police are still investigating to determine an exact cause of the crash.
Legal actions when a drunk driver causes injuries
There is a broad area of the law related to motor vehicle accidents and civil negligence cases. Many attorneys focus their practice entirely on accidents.
When a drunk driver is involved in the crash, these types of civil cases proceed in a very similar manner to other motor vehicle accidents, although impaired driving is used by the attorney for the plaintiff as evidence of negligence.
Negligence cases are part of the area of the law called torts. Any tort is an intentional, reckless, or careless act that causes losses to another person or entity. The civil court system allows anyone who is injured or harmed to bring a case against the individual responsible for the incident and force them to pay for their damages if they meet the burden of proof and prevail.
Overlapping civil and criminal cases
In drunk driving accidents, it is common for there to be both civil and criminal actions related to the exact same motor vehicle collision.
The civil issue of fault still needs to be decided by a jury even if the defendant was already charged or convicted in criminal court, as these are separate cases. The outcome of the civil case will also not affect the criminal charges, as these are controlled by the government rather than a plaintiff.
Local attorneys can file a case against a drunk driver on your behalf
There are legal professionals throughout the state of North Carolina who can bring a lawsuit against the person responsible for your injuries. The listings on USAttorneys.com contain the contact information for legal professionals in your area.