Asheville’s eclectic charms have allowed it to maintain a consistent position at the top of lifestyle lists in recent years. Our city is frequently named one of the best places to visit or live in travel, food, and other publications. Western North Carolina’s rapid population growth is evidence of this interest in our area. But the rise in tourism and new residents has also correlated to an alarmingly high number of Driving While Intoxicated arrests.
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Drunk driving kills 30 people every single day in the United States.
Law enforcement, education, and punishment are all helpful ways to reduce drunk driving and save lives. However, bars and restaurants also have a responsibility to help prevent drunk driving. How? It is against the law for a bar or restaurant to serve alcohol to someone that they know, or should know is drunk. Bars and restaurants that follow the law help protect us all from drunk drivers on our roads.
Every State in the country has a law that says if you sell alcohol, you cannot sell alcohol to someone that you know or should know is intoxicated. The purpose of these laws is to protect everyone from drunk drivers.
Contributory Negligence in North Carolina
Many car accident victims become confused when they learn about the concept of contributory negligence in North Carolina. They usually discover that their car accident claim is barred when the at-fault insurance company denies their claim on the basis of contributory negligence.
In North Carolina, people who allege negligence cannot file suit if they were even partially responsible for their damages. Many common-sense beliefs about car accidents and liability do not apply in North Carolina because of the state’s contributory negligence doctrine. One common situation is when a victim is injured when they are rear-ended at a stoplight. The victim was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Common sense suggests that the driver who rear-ended the victim should “automatically” be held liable for the accident. However, the driver who was rear-ended will likely be barred from suing the other driver because their injuries partially resulted from their own negligence.
Can I receive punitive damages for my car accident case?
Punitive damages get a lot of media attention, especially when a jury awards a plaintiff a multimillion dollar verdict. The headlines that these verdicts create lead many auto accident victims to wonder if they could receive punitive damages for car accident cases.
Punitive Damages Definition
There are two types of damages that a plaintiff might receive from a jury: compensatory and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are based on the actual damage the injured person experienced, like medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering. Punitive damages are awarded specifically to punish a defendant for egregious actions. Punitive damages go above and beyond the plaintiff’s actual damages.