Drunk Driving Accidents

Historically South Carolina has had one of the worst rates of drunk driving fatalities in the nation. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), in 2014 there were 335 alcohol-related fatalities in which a driver had a breath alcohol concentration of 0.08 or greater. A driver who operates a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and who causes a car accident can be held civilly responsible for the injuries he or she causes to another – even if he or she is under the “legal limit” of .08. This is in addition to any criminal penalties that may be imposed by a criminal court.

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Driving while under the influence of alcohol significantly increases the likelihood that a driver will be involved in a motor vehicle accident. This is because alcohol consumption can result in:

  • An increase in the amount of time it takes a driver to react to hazards or obstacles;
  • A decrease in the driver’s ability to hear and see external stimuli (meaning it is more difficult for the driver to hear a car horn from an approaching vehicle or see the headlights of a vehicle in his or her way);
  • A decrease in the driver’s ability to multitask (such as turning a steering wheel while controlling the speed of a vehicle);
  • A decrease in the driver’s ability to make sound, rational decisions; and
  • An increase in the driver’s willingness to take unnecessary and dangerous risks.

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If you or a loved one is involved in a crash wherein you suspect the at-fault driver has consumed too much alcohol, it is important you and/or your attorney act quickly in order to preserve important evidence that can help your case, including the results of any breath- or blood-alcohol tests performed on the at-fault driver.

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