New technology is in the process of development that could prevent drunk driving by detecting a driver's blood alcohol content and preventing the car from starting if it is above .08 percent, which is the legal limit in North Carolina and all other states. Many hope that the technology will be made available as a safety feature in new vehicles once it is approved.
On Nov. 4, 2012, a 54-year-old woman driving a pickup truck ran a red light and subsequently crashed into a Toyota Camry. Her blood alcohol level at the time of the accident measured at 0.10.
Road users in North Carolina may be unaware of the number of fatalities that alcohol-impaired driving causes. Traffic accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers cause the deaths of nearly 30 people every day across the nation. This equates to one person dying in an alcohol-related crash every 51 minutes.
A North Carolina teen who accidentally put her SUV in the wrong gear is now facing serious criminal charges. Her actions caused her boyfriend to die from massive head injuries. The 19-year-old is facing a charge of DUI manslaughter after blood tests showed alcohol and marijuana in her system. Her blood alcohol content registered at 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit.
Motor vehicle accidents can occur anywhere at virtually any time. The reasons they occur vary depending on the specifics surrounding each situation. In some cases drunk driving is a contributing factor.
When a drunk driver causes a serious or fatal accident in North Carolina, he or she can face liability in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. If the driver had been over-served at a bar or restaurant, that establishment could face liability, too, thanks to the state’s dram shop laws.