The later months of the year are always a time of fellowship, cheer, and gatherings. They’re also, unfortunately, a time when drunk driving accidents skyrocket. People tend to forget themselves and drink too much, which leads to irresponsible acts with tragic consequences.
When you’re injured in a drunk driving accident you want the driver held responsible for what they’ve done, and you want your injuries paid for. However, in North Carolina, there are other parties that may also be held responsible. Learn how the hosts of a party may be held liable for those who drink at their parties, and how a car accident lawyer can get you the compensation you deserve.
The Liability of Party Hosts
You may already know that when someone drinks at a bar or restaurant and then causes an accident, the establishment that served them can be held liable for damages if the drunk person is underage. Did you know, however, that the hosts of parties and social gatherings can be held responsible in the same way, and that it extends to adults as well?
Under what is known as social host liability in North Carolina, if a person is drinking in a private social gathering like a party, anyone who provides them alcohol at that party can be held responsible if they later go out and cause an accident. That means not just the host of the party, but someone who is bartending there, or anyone else handing out drinks.
There are three things that have to be established for a host to be held liable for an accident caused by one of their intoxicated guests. First, the host has to have provided or directly served the alcohol. Second, the person who was served must have been knowingly intoxicated (the host had to know they were drunk), and finally, the host of the party had to be aware that the person would be getting behind the wheel.
It’s also important to note that North Carolina puts limits on the amount of liability that can be collected from this type of case. No matter how many are injured in the accident, the maximum liability that can be leveraged against the host is $500,000 per incident.
North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer
When you’re in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, insurance companies will go to great lengths to get out of having to pay. They’ll try everything from trickery to outright bullying. They might even try to spin it so it sounds like the accident was your fault. In order to get the full amount for damages, you’ll need someone experienced in fighting for your rights.
If this has happened to you, call a qualified North Carolina car accident lawyer. Lewis & Keller have years of experience in these kinds of cases, and knows just how to get justice for your injuries. Contact us today for a free discussion about your case with no obligation, and start on the road to getting compensated today.