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How do I prove intoxication after a drunk driving accident?

Far more often than we care to think, North Carolinians climb behind the wheel of their vehicle while intoxicated. These negligent drivers can cause a devastating crash by swerving into oncoming traffic, running a stop sign or traffic light, speeding, or failing to yield. No one is safe when they are close to these motorists. Other drivers and pedestrians are at risk of being hit and could suffer extensive harm as a result, including long-term injuries, permanent disability, and even death.

If you are hurt in a drunk driving accident can take legal action against that driver. However, to succeed on a claim, you must show that the driver was, in fact, intoxicated at the time of the accident and that intoxication caused you harm. But how do you satisfactorily show intoxication?

In most cases, an accident victim can rely on witness accounts, police reports, and expert testimony to show that a driver was so intoxicated that he or she could not have operated a motor vehicle in a safe fashion. Though this may sound easy enough, the matter is not always so cut-and-dry. In some instances, the authorities may have mishandled crucial evidence, or witnesses may renege on their story. When this happens, it might be helpful to have an experienced attorney on your side.

When you have been injured in a car accident, you may struggle to cope with your pain and suffering and to pay your medical expenses, especially if you are unable to work and thus do not have income. The idea of confronting a driver in a court of law can thus seem daunting. However, by acting on your legal rights, you may be able to recover the compensation you need to regain your health and finances and find a sense of closure and justice.

Source: FindLaw, "Drunk Driving Accidents," accessed on Feb. 1, 2015

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