North Carolina Fatal DUI Accident Nets Man 15-Year Jail Sentence

February 17, 2012, by Michael A. DeMayo

Last August, a fatal North Carolina DUI accident took the life of 51-year-old motorcyclist, Larry Weaver on Highway 221. Weaver lost his life when Brian Robinson, 22, slammed into his bike with his GMC pickup and dragged Weaver over 300 feet. When South Carolina police officers arrived at the scene, they tested Robinson for alcohol. He confessed to having drunk some beers and two shots of vodka, as well as doing a hit of marijuana. A blood test found that he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.52%, more than six times North Carolina’s state limits.

In addition to the 15-year jail sentence, Robinson must serve 12 years before becoming eligible for parole. Robinson had been convicted of drug violations several times prior to the fatal North Carolina DUI accident.

Our hearts go out to Weaver’s family, as well as to Robinson’s family. Horrific car accidents like these are difficult to put into context. What do they mean? What can we learn from them? Who should be punished, and how? These are questions that we can and should discuss and debate. But we also need to take time to reflect on the fundamental scariness of what it means to be a North Carolina driver. Every time you take your car out on to the road and you return home safely, count your blessings. It can be a dangerous world out there, and you never know when danger is going to strike.

Of course, picking up the pieces after a car accident is often extremely painful. You are disoriented, confused, frustrated, angry, and a rainbow of other emotions. You may have a hard time figuring out where to start to rebuild your life and hold people responsible, if you have the energy and will power to start at all.

It’s not necessary to struggle or figure out everything on your own. With the guidance of a passionate, thorough, and experienced North Carolina car accident law firm, you can make surprisingly rapid progress. Although you may be in a very difficult place right now, you can make progress toward recovering your dignity and composure, obtaining compensation, holding the right people accountable, and generally putting the pieces of your life back together again.

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