Greenville Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Each year, more than 300 people die on South Carolina roads because of alcohol-impaired driving. In fact, drunk driving is the leading cause of fatal crashes in the state. Hundreds of more people sustain serious personal injuries due to alcohol-impaired drivers.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver or lost a family member in a drunk driving accident, you should consult with an attorney right away. You have a right to seek compensation for your losses. You can hold the drunk driver – and possibly others – accountable for the harm they have caused you and your family.
Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., can help. We serve clients throughout Spartanburg and Upstate South Carolina. Contact us right away and receive a free consultation about your case.
Who Can Be Sued in a Drunk Driving Crash?
If you have been hurt in a car accident caused by a drunk driver in South Carolina, the driver was likely arrested and charged with DUI (driving under the influence). Under the law, any driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher is considered to be legally intoxicated.
If you have suffered losses, you can sue this driver for your losses. The driver’s guilty plea or verdict can play a major role in establishing the driver’s liability.
Even if the driver wasn’t legally intoxicated, it may be possible to prove that the driver’s alcohol use contributed to your crash.
But the driver may not be the only one who should pay for your losses. Other parties who can be held liable include:
- The driver’s employer (if the driver was conducting company business at the time of the crash)
- A bar, restaurant or store that sold alcohol to the driver (if the driver was under age 21)
- A social host who knowingly served alcohol to a driver under age 21.
A lawsuit would seek compensation for medical bills, property damage and lost wages. In the case of a fatal drunk driving accident, surviving family members would pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault parties to obtain compensation for their losses.
A court could also award compensation for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering or punitive damages for egregious conduct.
Evidence of Drunk or Impaired Driving
An investigation of your drunk driving accident would pursue evidence that would demonstrate that the other driver’s alcohol consumption caused your accident.
This would include evidence from the crash scene and wrecked cars and the police report. Data from cell phones, social media and credit or debit card receipts could indicate a driver had been drinking or was in the proximity of drinking before the crash.
Statements by the arresting officer or other witnesses could be cited to establish that a driver was impaired such as testimony as to the driver’s:
- Lack of balance or coordination
- Inability to perform roadside sobriety tests
- Slurred speech
- Red or glassy eyes
- Odor of alcohol
- Weaving within the lane
- Crossing the centerline
- Speeding or driving too slow
- Driving with headlights off at night.
With records of your injuries and other losses, and evidence to demonstrate the other driver’s impairment, we would work to negotiate a settlement that meets the financial needs of your recovery or prepare us to fight for you in court.
Contact an Experienced Upstate S.C. Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
The lawyers of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., have more than 100 years of combined experience helping Upstate South Carolina residents after car accidents. We can determine the role of drunk driving in your accident and seek full and fair compensation for you.
Simply contact us today to receive a free review of your case.
For More Information
• Alcohol-Impaired Driving, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
• South Carolina Traffic Collision Fact Book, S.C. Department of Public Safety
• Dram Shop and Social Host Liability, Mothers Against Drunk Driving