The accident happened on Garner Road when the at-fault driver crossed the center line and hit the victim’s car. When police arrived the at-fault driver attempted to flee the scene. Officers found an open bottle in the man’s car and determined he was drunk.
The victim suffered serious injuries that included a broken hip, internal bleeding and a punctured lung.
The North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers’ Perspective
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 2011, 9,878 people were killed and approximately 350,000 were injured due to drunk drivers. It grieves me to hear of such negligence destroying innocent lives. As a North Carolina (NC) personal injury attorney my goal is to identify all sources of insurance recovery and to help our client receive compensation for all types of accident-related expenses and losses. When the driver fled the scene it showed gross negligence to which punitive damages can be filed. In a similar case a client and her husband were headed to go hunting early in the morning. On their way they were struck by the defendant who was likely drunk at the time. The defendant fled the scene, and was never found. Our firm launched our own investigation and found the identity of the man. The company that insured the vehicle did not want to pay any damages since there was no proof to place the defendant in the car. However we were able to convince the insurance company to pay, rewarding our client with a sizable claim.
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