If you were hit by a drunk driver in Charlotte, North Carolina, you most likely have a valid personal injury claim. Car accidents involving alcohol and a driver at fault who is either under the influence of alcohol or drugs, require a special skill set. Because of that, if you’ve been hit by a drunk driver it makes sense to speak with a personal injury lawyer.
Even though you may have been hit by a drunk driver, there is still a question of fault. In other words, if you were hit by a drunk driver because you ran a stop sign, then no, you will not be able to sue the other driver.
However, if it is clear that the other driver was at fault, or if the fact scenario is one where fault would otherwise be difficult to determine, then the other driver’s alcohol use will assist you in obtaining a favorable result.
Drunk Driving Laws in NC
In North Carolina, a driver over the age of 21 is not considered impaired unless they have a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.
A driver under the age of 21 is considered to be impaired if they have registered any level of blood alcohol content. Even if the other driver was not given a citation, if the police report mentions alcohol or suspected drug use, these facts can help to support your personal injury claim.