Please Note: At Kellum Law Firm, we are committed to advocating for the rights and well-being of victims affected by DWI accidents. Our focus is on assisting those who have suffered injuries, emotional distress, or property damage due to the negligence of impaired drivers. We do not provide legal representation for DWI drivers seeking defense against criminal charges. Our mission is rooted in providing advocacy for those who have endured the consequences of DWI accidents, ensuring they receive the legal support and representation they deserve.
The aftermath of a DWI (Driving While Impaired) accident can be a harrowing experience, leaving victims with physical injuries, emotional trauma, and the overwhelming task of seeking justice.
1. The Harsh Reality of DWI Accidents:
DWI accidents are not isolated incidents; they contribute significantly to road safety concerns nationwide. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol-impaired driving accounted for 28% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States in 2019. In North Carolina alone, the statistics are equally concerning, with alcohol-related crashes resulting in fatalities and injuries.
2. The Legal Ramifications of DWI Accidents:
When a DWI accident occurs, the legal repercussions extend beyond criminal charges. Victims have the right to pursue civil action against the impaired driver to seek compensation for their injuries, medical expenses, property damage, and emotional distress. At Kellum Law Firm, our experienced DWI attorneys can help victims of DWI in navigating these legal avenues, holding impaired drivers accountable for the harm they cause.
3. Navigating North Carolina’s Legal Landscape:
North Carolina has specific laws and regulations governing DWI accidents, and understanding these intricacies is crucial for victims seeking justice. Our legal team at Kellum Law Firm have served North Carolina residents for over 40 years and we’re well-versed in North Carolina’s legal landscape, ensuring that clients are informed about their rights and the potential for pursuing compensation.
4. Compensation for DWI Accident Victims:
Victims of DWI accidents may be entitled to various forms of compensation, including medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Pursuing these claims requires a strategic legal approach to build a compelling case against the impaired driver.
5. Holding DWI Drivers And Those Who Served Alcohol Accountable:
Beyond criminal charges, civil action serves as a powerful tool for holding DWI drivers accountable for their actions. Through our advocacy at Kellum Law Firm, we aim to bring a sense of closure and justice to victims by pursuing compensation and ensuring that impaired drivers face the consequences of their negligent behavior.
In North Carolina, the legal landscape surrounding liability for DWI accidents extends beyond the impaired driver to include potential legal action against bar owners and alcohol providers. Under North Carolina’s Dram Shop Law, specifically codified in North Carolina General Statutes [Section 18B-121 relating to underage drink-drive law], individuals who have suffered injuries or damages due to the actions of an intoxicated person may pursue legal action against the establishment that served or provided alcohol to the impaired individual. [Learn more about the Dram Shop Law here]
This statute establishes that alcohol providers, including bar owners and servers, can be held responsible for injuries caused by an intoxicated person if they knowingly served alcohol to someone who was noticeably intoxicated or served alcohol to an underage individual. The law aims to promote responsible alcohol service and hold establishments accountable for their role in contributing to alcohol-related accidents.
When pursuing legal action against bar owners and alcohol providers in DWI cases, it becomes crucial to demonstrate that the establishment violated its duty of care by serving alcohol to someone who was visibly intoxicated or underage. Kellum Law Firm, we understand the nuances of Dram Shop Laws and work diligently to build compelling cases against establishments that may have contributed to the occurrence of a DWI accident. Our experienced attorneys guide victims through the legal process, seeking fair compensation and holding accountable all parties responsible for the harm caused by an impaired driver.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a DWI accident in North Carolina, we are here to provide compassionate legal assistance, working tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve.