The North Carolina State Police have charged a woman with DWI after they say she caused a serious accident with a tractor trailer on I-85 near Charlotte.
The state police reported that the serious SUV/tractor trailer crash happened at 12:30 AM on I-85 south on June 12. Investigators stated that the driver of the SUV was under the influence of alcohol and failed to stay in her lane. A tandem tractor trailer struck her vehicle and the SUV became wedged underneath it. The big rig then slammed into a concrete barrier and fell onto its side. This sent concrete across the interstate.
First responders reported that three people were taken to the hospital, one with serious accident injuries. The SUV driver is charged with DWI, reckless driving and open container.
Our Virginia and North Carolina personal injury attorneys know well how tragically DWI accidents can end. Every day, people are seriously injured or killed by drunk driving. There are 12,000 people killed in drunk driving accidents every year. This serious DWI accident with personal injuries should be a reminder to all drivers that alcohol affects your judgment and motor skills, as well as depth perception.
This serious DWI accident with personal injuries should be a reminder to all drivers that alcohol affects your judgment and motor skills, as well as depth perception. When police catch you, a DWI charge and conviction is usually the best case scenario. The worst case is that you could injure or kill another person, and face years in jail, not to mention a possible personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit that costs you millions of dollars.
Our personal injury attorneys hope the seriously injured person in this North Carolina DWI crash recovers quickly. The suspected DWI driver is fortunate that she was not injured or killed herself: Usually when a passenger vehicle tangles with an 80,000-pound tractor trailer, the wreck is horrific and often leads to death for those in the smaller vehicle.
Anyone who is hurt in a wreck with a drunk driver should seriously weigh filing a personal injury lawsuit. DWI injuries can be severe and can affect you for months, years or permanently. You are often entitled to compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering and lost wages. Even a case with ‘relatively minor’ DWI injuries such as a broken leg can net the crash victim a settlement of $100,000 or more.