Drunk driving accidents often lead to severe injuries for every party involved. Despite stringent laws against any type of impaired driving, these incidents still occur on a regular basis in and around the Rutherfordton area. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our team is standing by to help if you need a Rutherfordton drunk driving accident attorney. We have the resources necessary to investigate these cases in order to determine liability. Our goal is to ensure that our injured clients receive maximum compensation for their losses.
Alcohol-impaired crashes in Rutherfordton
Rutherfordton may be a small town in North Carolina, but that does not insulate our residents from the risks posed by impaired drivers. According to data available from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were more than 11,000 total vehicle accidents called by impaired drivers throughout the state during the latest reporting year. Out of these incidents, there were 7,961 total injuries and 393 fatalities. Even though alcohol-impaired driving collisions accounted for only 4.3% of the total crashes in the state during that year, they accounted for more than 28% of all of the traffic fatalities.
Injuries caused by drunk driving crashes
Unfortunately, vehicle accidents involving drunk drivers often occur at higher speeds, and the impaired drivers sometimes do not even touch the brakes before slamming into other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists. For drunk driving crashes that do not result in a fatality, it is not uncommon for victims to sustain the following injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord trauma with paralysis
- Other severe back or neck injury
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Crush injuries or amputations
- Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
Drunk driving accident victims regularly have to contend with significant expenses, beginning with the initial emergency medical bills. Depending on the severity of the injury, victims in these cases may have to deal with ongoing medical visits and continual rehabilitation. Often, drunk driving accident victims are unable to work while they recover. This can lead to significant financial losses for victims and their families.
At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our team is regularly able to prove liability in these cases by gathering photographs taken at the scene of the crash as well as video surveillance footage from nearby homes or businesses. We also work closely with law enforcement officials to gather the evidence needed to prove that the other driver was impaired by alcohol and that their impairment caused the crash.
Call our Rutherfordton drunk driving accident lawyer today
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a crash caused by a drunk driver in or around Rutherfordton, NC, contact the team at Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. as soon as possible. Our attorneys have the resources necessary to investigate every aspect of these cases. We will stand up to aggressive insurance carriers and we will help obtain any evidence needed to prove liability. Our goal is to secure the following types of compensation for our clients:
- Coverage of all medical bills
- Lost income if our client cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Property damage expenses
- Household out-of-pocket costs
- Possible punitive damages against the impaired driver