According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk driving-related fatalities reached a staggering 10,497 in 2016 (the latest year for which data is available). Sadly, South Carolina ranks high in the list of states with the greatest number of drunk driving fatalities, coming in second place, according to some reports.
When a person chooses to get behind the wheel of a car or motor vehicle while intoxicated, they are acting negligently. All too often, this negligence leads to serious injuries and the deaths of innocent bystanders. At The Anastopoulo Law Firm, we strive to hold drunk drivers accountable for the harm they cause. If you were injured or your loved one was killed by a drunk driver, reach out to our South Carolina drunk driving accident attorneys as soon as possible for a free, confidential consultation.
Call (800) 313-2546 or fill out and submit an online contact form to find out how our legal team can assist you with your drunk driving accident claim.
Understanding South Carolina Drunk Driving Laws
Drunk driving is illegal in all 50 U.S. states. In South Carolina, like many other states, it is illegal for anyone who is over the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Additionally, commercial driver’s license holders may not operate any vehicle (whether it is a commercial vehicle or otherwise) with a BAC of 0.04% or higher. Minors, or anyone under the age of 21, may not drive a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.02% or above.
Violation of any South Carolina law regarding driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can result in criminal penalties. It can also result in civil action if the drunk driver caused bodily injury or property damage while operating a vehicle.
If you are injured by a drunk driver, you may pursue civil action to recover compensation for damages, including but not limited to:
- Medical expenses related to the accident
- The projected cost of future medical care
- Lost income/wages from time taken off work to receive treatment
- Loss of earning ability if your injuries are temporarily or permanently disabling
- Physical pain and suffering associated with the accident
- Emotional distress/trauma and loss of life enjoyment
Additionally, if your loved one was killed as a result of a collision with a drunk driver, you may be able to recover compensation for the following damages:
- Medical bills for treatment prior to death
- Funeral/burial expenses
- Loss of love/companionship
- Emotional suffering
- Loss of expected income and/or support
- Loss of benefits or inheritance
At Anastopoulo Law Firm we understand that no amount of financial compensation can make up for the immense impact a drunk driving accident will have on your life. However, our South Carolina drunk driving accident lawyers can help you secure the recovery you need to get back on your feet. We can handle every aspect of your case so that you can focus on healing.
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Our firm has more than 25 years of experience. We know how to take on major insurance companies and other negligent parties—and win. Throughout our years in practice, our legal team has successfully secured millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. We take great pride in fighting for the rights of injured individuals and their families; find out how we can help you with your drunk driving accident claim today.
Get in touch with Anastopoulo Law Firm by calling (800) 313-2546 or by contacting us online today.