Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys in North Carolina


Pella Windows Class Action Case

$25.7 Million

We have recovered a $25.7 million settlement on behalf of our client on a Pella windows class action case.

Chinese Drywall Settlement Case

$24 Million

We have recovered $24 million on the largest individual Chinese drywall settlement case.

Marriott Vacation Club Class Action

$13.3 Million

We have recovered a $13.3 million settlement for Deceptive Trade Practices at Marriott Vacation Club.

Wilmington, NC
Drunk Driving and DUI Accident Lawyers

Legal Representation for Injuries From Vehicle Collisions

Under North Carolina law, people injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk or drugged drivers have the right to sue for damages related to their medical bills, lost earnings, and more. In some cases, suing a drunk driver may be the only way to recover compensation for your vehicle repairs, medical bills, and the unjust pain you endured because of the accident.

To speak to an experienced attorney who knows you are going through, please call Rhine Law Firm, P.C., at . Our firm protects North Carolina injury victims, and we will go to work to hold the intoxicated driver responsible and get you on the road to recovery.

If you have been injured in a car accident, we invite you to contact Rhine Law Firm, P.C., by calling (910) 772-9960 for a free initial consultation with one of our Wilmington car accident attorneys regarding your legal needs.

What If You Shared Some Blame for the Collision?

North Carolina’s “contributory negligence” standard means that if the at-fault driver can prove you shared some of the blame for the accident, he or she may not have to pay for damages. However, several exceptions to this rule apply when the at-fault driver’s conduct goes beyond ordinary negligence and instead is deemed “willful or wanton” negligence. An act is willful if the defendant intentionally fails to carry out some duty imposed by law or contract, which is necessary to protect the safety of the person or property to which it is owed. An act is wanton if the defendant acts in conscious and intentional disregard of and indifference to the rights and safety of others.

We adamantly argue in court that driving while drunk is a willful or wanton act! If the other driver was drunk or intoxicated, you should be able to avoid this antiquated defense and receive compensation, and possibly punitive damages. This is why we typically go ahead and sue drunk drivers.

What Constitutes “Drunk Driving” in North Carolina?

Drivers who have a blood-alcohol concentration of .08% or more are over the legal threshold for operating a motor vehicle. Over 30% of traffic fatalities in the U.S. are attributed to drivers under the influence. In North Carolina, there is only one charge for all drug and alcohol offenses: driving while intoxicated (DWI).

According to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.5% of North Carolina drivers admitted to driving after drinking too much within the prior 30-day period. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report from December 2016 showed that in the year prior there were 1,379 roadway fatalities in NC, of which 411 involved DWI drivers – 30% of the total. For the same period, there were 258 instances where the driver’s BAC was .15% or over.

What Constitutes “Drugged Driving” in North Carolina?

Under North Carolina General Statute § 20-138.1, a person can be convicted of DWI if he or she operates a vehicle under the influence of an impairing substance. An impairing substance is defined as either alcohol or “…any drug or psychoanalytic substance capable of impairing a person’s physical or mental faculties or any combination of these substances.” This includes taking illegal drugs as well as medication that was legally prescribed by a medical professional, such as Valium or Ativan. In addition, over-the-counter medicine such as Nyquil and other cold remedies can impair a person’s ability to operate a vehicle and could lead to a DWI charge.

At the scene of the collision, be sure to contact the police so they can examine the at-fault driver for any signs of impairing substances. This proof will help immensely when you later file a claim against that driver and insurance company.

Don’t Be Injured by a DWI Driver Twice. We Will Protect Your Rights.

If you were involved in a car wreck caused by a DWI driver, call Rhine Law Firm, P.C., so we can begin our investigation. Wilmington car wreck attorney Joel Rhine is an experienced trial lawyer with decades of experience protecting the rights of people who have suffered injury or loss because of another party’s negligence or misconduct.

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What Is It Like to Work With Us?

Working with our firm means your needs will be met and your questions answered by someone who knows your name and the details of your case – every time you call. Contact Rhine Law Firm, P.C., at (910) 772-9960 for a free initial consultation. Evening and weekend appointments upon request. Office hours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend appointments also available. We also offer Spanish interpretation and translation services.

During a free consultation, we will look at the important aspects of your case, answer your questions, and explain your legal rights and options clearly. Our attorneys also remain available to our clients via phone, email and other means, ultimately focused on doing what is truly in their best interests.

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