Alcohol reduces brain function and impairs thinking, reasoning, and muscle coordination, all of which are essential to operating a vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) drunk driving wrecks cause more than 10,000 deaths per year. Every day, nearly 29 people die in alcohol-related traffic crashes.
If you have been hurt in a traffic accident caused by a drunk driver, you deserve to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys at The Melonakos Law Firm, LLC in Greenville, South Carolina are tough advocates for victims of drunk drivers. We will fight for justice on your behalf and will not hesitate to take your case to trial to secure the best result. Our firm has a history of success, recovering more than $25 million in settlements and awards for our clients.
It is illegal in South Carolina to drive with blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more. If a driver is under the age of 21, the limit is 0.02 percent. With a BAC of 0.16 or more, additional penalties apply.
This means that it is much easier to prove that the drunk driver is at fault for a collision. The impaired driver will most likely be arrested and can be held financially responsible for the collision.
In addition to the driver who causes the accident, there may be additional liable parties in a drunk driver wreck. South Carolina follows the dram shop law principle. This allows victims of drunk driver accidents to pursue compensation from a third party. The third party may be an establishment that served alcohol to the drunk driver and/or the person who actually served the alcohol.
To be held liable for a drunk driver accident, the bar, restaurant, or bartender must have served a person who was visibly intoxicated. In this state, it is illegal to do so. The establishment and its employees should be able to judge which patrons should be served alcohol and which should not.
A traffic crash caused by a drunk driver can result in serious injuries. It may be in your best interests to have an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side. Our Greenville automobile accident attorneys have the knowledge and skills to thoroughly investigate your accident, collect and secure evidence, and prepare a compelling case to help you pursue maximum compensation for your losses.
Damages you may be entitled to claim include:
In determining whether to allow punitive damages, the judge will consider:
At The Melonakos Law Firm, LLC in Greenville, South Carolina, we handle personal injury cases exclusively. This allows us to focus on maximizing your compensation. We maintain a smaller caseload, as this makes it possible to give each case the personal attention it deserves. If you have been injured in a drunk driver wreck, the sooner you take action, the better. Call us today to schedule a consultation.