Drunk Driver Accidents
Solid Legal Representation in Lexington County, South Carolina
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious act of driver negligence. Unfortunately, South Carolina has a reputation as being among the states with the most DUI fatalities. According to statistics published by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, approximately 315 men and women are killed by drunk drivers in the state of South Carolina every year. In fact, almost 40 percent of all traffic fatalities in this state are caused by or related to drunk driving.
Tenacious Advocacy for DUI Victims
Victims of car accidents caused by drunk drivers in the state of South Carolina should not hesitate to retain immediate legal representation from a skilled personal injury attorney who can fight for the compensation they deserve. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious criminal offense. Anyone found to be operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more - or any BAC level at which they are no longer able to responsibly control their vehicle - is considered to be in violation of the law and could face serious criminal consequences including heavy fines and possible jail time.
None of these criminal consequences, however, can compare to the consequences faced by the victims of a drunk driver accident. If you or someone close to you was hurt or even killed in a collision involving a drunk driver, call a Lexington County personal injury attorney at Harling & West, LLC immediately. We offer DUI victims free case consultations, so you can learn more about the legal implications of your case and how we are prepared to fight for you.
South Carolina Dram Shop Liability
In South Carolina, it is illegal to serve alcohol to a customer who is obviously under the influence. For this reason, according to state liquor liability or tavern-keeper liability laws, the owner of a bar may be held liable in some DUI cases as well as the drunk driver. If you or someone close to you was hurt in a DUI collision and the driver was obviously under the influence at the South Carolina bar or restaurant where he or she imbibed prior to the accident - or if he or she was under the age of 21 -you could be entitled to damages from the owner or bartender. Call our firm today to learn more about dram shop laws in South Carolina.
Schedule a Free Case Consultation in Columbia
When you call to schedule your free consultation with a lawyer from our firm, we can advise you as to your rights and the strength of your personal injury or wrongful death claim. You could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral bills, emotional distress, and more. Let us pursue the case resolution you deserve. Call Harling & West, LLC right away to learn more.