If you are injured by a drunk driver or an intoxicated driver has injured you or someone close to you, remember you may be entitled to punitive or punishment damages in addition to recovering for your medical expenses, permanent injury and harms and losses.
Drunk drivers are responsible for 28 deaths a day in America. Joe Tunstall decided to handle personal injury cases after his mother was seriously injured by a drunk driver in 1984. He has a special passion to help recover the maximum in these cases.
In fact he appealed to the North Carolina Supreme Court the case of Harrell v. Bowen where Joe argued that the NC statute that authorizes the ability to recover for punitive or punishment damages has two purposes. One purpose to punish someone who did something wrong; the second to deter and prevent other people from thinking they can do the same behavior. In Harrell, the defendant died for unrelated reasons after hitting Mr. Harrell in a serious car crash while the defendant was intoxicated. The Supreme Court declined to follow Joe’s logic and instead found that as you cannot punish a dead man therefore Joe’s client had no ability to pursue his estate to prevent others from similar behavior.
Our office takes all personal injury claims seriously but we especially like to pursue drunk drivers.
Therefore, if you or someone close to you is involved in a serous automobile collision by a drunk driver give us a call. We will be glad to help discuss how we can proceed against the drunk driver to help punish them for their behavior and prevent others from driving similarly.