While car accidents can sometimes be unpreventable, when drivers engage in blatantly reckless and illegal behaviors, it can result in devastating and avoidable collisions. Drunk driving accidents are far too common in South Carolina, with hundreds of deaths occurring from these incidents every year. According to some statistics, roughly 44%of all traffic deaths are related to drunk driving. In addition, countless injuries are caused by these reckless drivers.
These tragic accidents should not go without justice. That is exactly what Pierce, Sloan, Wilson, Kennedy & Early, LLC is here to achieve. Our Charleston auto accident lawyers don’t take drunk driving cases lightly. We are dedicated to fighting for the justice and compensation our clients deserve for their suffering.
Let us put our years of experience and proven success to work for your case. Call our firm at (843) 968-0886 today to take the first step towards holding the liable party responsible.
Similar to other car accidents, you will need to establish fault and liability in a drunk driving accident in order to be eligible for compensation. In these cases, however, fault is not as challenging to establish if criminal charges are brought forward. While the criminal case is separate from any civil litigation you wish to take to secure compensation, having this foundation can greatly strengthen your case.
So what type of damages can you obtain? You may be eligible to recover:
The unique damages that can be awarded in drunk driving cases are punitive damages. These damages are awarded in order to send a message or “punish” the driver for acting in such a reckless and dangerous manner. The goal of these damages is to deter the individual from any future wrongdoing.
Another issue to consider in drunk driving cases is the liability of third parties. A dram shop liability claim is intended to hold bars, restaurants, or stores responsible if they recklessly served or provided alcohol to intoxicated patrons. This can be more difficult to prove and requires extensive legal skill to develop a solid claim. If you believe there was a third party responsible for your injuries in a drunk driving accident, we encourage you to reach out to our Charleston personal injury attorneys for counsel. Whatever the case, we can guide you through this trying time.
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