2 Injured, 1 Arrested in I-40 DWI Crash
Two people were injured in a 5-vehicle chain-reaction DWI crash on Interstate 40 in Wake County in the early hours of Saturday, March 16. The crash occurred shortly after 6 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-40 near the Airport Boulevard exit.
Police say a man driving a gray Scion was speeding and crashed into a Chevrolet work van on I-40. The driver of the Scion then stopped in the left lane. The driver of the work van pulled over onto the right shoulder of the highway.
The driver of a Chevrolet sedan stopped at the scene of the crash and was rear-ended by a tan sedan. The tan sedan then sped away from the scene of the crash.
A few minutes later, a white Toyota Camry crashed into the Chevrolet sedan, and the sedan then struck the gray Scion.
Two people were hospitalized with minor injuries following the crash.
30-year-old Saul Pinto-Molina was driving the Scion and was charged with DWI, reckless driving, driving without a license, and speeding.
Filing a Lawsuit After Being Hit by a Drunk Driver in North Carolina
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents drunk driving crash victims in civil lawsuits, helping them fight for the financial compensation they deserve. Here is some insight from Brian on filing a drunk driving injury lawsuit in North Carolina:
In North Carolina and many other states, there are “dram shop” laws which allow people who have been injured by drunk drivers to, in some situations, file lawsuits against the alcohol vendor who served the drunk driver prior to the crash. Additionally, people in all 50 states may have the option to file a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver.
According to North Carolina’s dram shop laws, alcohol vendors can be sued for alcohol-related injuries caused by their customers if:
- Alcohol was served to someone who the vendor knew or should have known was intoxicated at the time of sale, or
- alcohol was served to someone who was under 21 years of age, and
- that customer goes on to cause injuries because of their intoxication.
For example, let’s say Tina is drinking at Main Street Pub. After several drinks, she begins slurring her speech and falling from her bar stool. However, the bartender continues serving her drinks even though she is visibly intoxicated. Tina then leaves the bar in her vehicle and causes a crash with injuries. The people injured in the crash may have a case for a personal injury lawsuit against Tina and a dram shop lawsuit against Main Street Tavern.
If you or a loved one has recently been hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your family’s legal options in a free consultation with one of our experienced drunk driving crash victims lawyers.