The Dangers of Drunk Driving

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4,102 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in North Carolina between 2003 and 2012. People aged 21-34 are involved in fatal drunk driving accidents more than any other demographic, with approximately 8 out of every 100,000 people being killed by a drunk

Car Accidents Are the Leading Cause of Death for Teenagers

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents are the leading cause of death in teenagers. In 2013, 2,163 teens in the United States aged 16-19 lost their lives in fatal motor vehicle collisions, with 243,243 teens receiving emergency treatment from injuries sustained in car accidents. While people aged 15-24

What Do I Do If I Have Been in a Car Wreck?

What do you do if you have been in a car wreck or auto accident? I will skip the obvious things like calling the police and seek medical treatment if you need it. From a legal perspective there are few things that insurance companies require us to do: 1. Pain- first thing

Texting and Driving Dangerous Combination

Jail time for texting. This past week should be a wake-up call for all drivers who use their cell phones while driving- you can actually go to jail. Many states now have laws that prohibit texting while driving. Massachusetts has such a law. A teenager was texting while driving, which resulted in

Winston-Salem Car Wreck Trial

What are Winston-Salem jurors like, and how does Winston-Salem compare to other counties? Of course, the following only applies to civil court as I don’t practice criminal law. With that in mind, I will use my last car wreck case and jury trial as an example. In that case, the plaintiff was

Drunk Driving NC Negligence

In addition to the statutory Dram Shop causes of action described in earlier posts, attorneys may bring a common law negligence claim against anyone who provides a visibly intoxicated person with alcohol. The first case to address this social host liability was: As to the cause of action for liability under common

NC Dram Shop Law Adults

In North Carolina, NCGS section 18B-120 and the subsequent sections address injury by drunk drivers that are under the age of twenty-one. The following sections address drunk driving by adults: § 18B-305. Other prohibited sales (a) Sale to Intoxicated Person. — It shall be unlawful for a permittee or his employee or for

NC Dram Shop Law

North Carolina law regarding a bar, restaurant or nightclub’s potential liability for the sale of alcohol to an underaged person and drunk driving can be found in NCGS 18B-120: § 18B‑121. Claim for relief created for sale to underage person. An aggrieved party has a claim for relief for damages against a permittee or