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Drunk driving far too common in North Carolina


Unfortunately, despite strong laws, police crackdowns, and increased public awareness, drunk driving still occurs in North Carolina. Those who choose to drink and drive put other unsuspecting motorists at risk of serious harm and even death. These wrecks, in turn, can wreak havoc on an individual's life and the lives of his or her family members.

North Carolina's motorists might find the following statistics startling. According to the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, North Carolina saw 402 alcohol-related fatalities in 2012. Forty-five of those deaths were caused by drunk drivers who were under the age of 21. Though some might find these statistics overwhelming considering the state's population, they should not lull themselves into a state of false security. The fact is that, in North Carolina in 2012, nearly 47,000 individuals were arrested for driving under the influence. That is 47,000 individuals who could have easily caused an injurious or fatal accident.

An alcohol-related accident can turn an individual and/or a family's life upside down. Medical expenses and lost wages might leave them unable to find financial stability, and physical and emotional pain and suffering can make life difficult. Stress, anxiety, and depression can all set in, making it hard for a victim or his or her family to proceed with a personal injury or wrongful death claim.

Fortunately, those who have been hurt or have lost a loved one to a negligent driver's actions can acquire assistance from an experienced North Carolina attorney. He or she will do everything within his or her power to ensure the best case is put forth so that the victim or his or her family can stand a chance at recovering the compensation they need and deserve.

Source: Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, "North Carolina," accessed on Sept. 21, 2014

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