Three people are facing alcohol-related charges for allegedly providing an underage girl with alcohol before she was involved in a North Carolina car accident earlier this summer, according to the Times News.
In addition to criminal charges, those who serve alcohol to underage consumers, or those who serve alcohol in excess to someone who then causes a serious or fatal accident, may also be held financially liable under Carolina Dram Shop laws. A North Carolina injury lawyer should be consulted whenever someone is seriously injured or killed in an accident involving an intoxicated driver.
In this case, the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Division was called to assist the Highway Patrol after the June 19 accident in which the 17-year-old driver lost control and collided with another vehicle.
The girl, an Easter Guilford High School student, remains hospitalized in Greensboro, more than six weeks after the accident. She was charged with driving while impaired and consuming while under 21. During the subsequent investigation, two adults ages 42 and 25, were charged with aiding and abetting the possession or consumption of alcohol by an underage person. A 20-year-old defendant was also charged with illegal possession of alcohol.
The driver of the other vehicle was transported to the hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Serving North and South Carolina, including Reidsville, Salisbury and Thomasville.