4701 Oleander Drive, Suite A
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
With over 100 years of combined experience, the Myrtle Beach DUI accident lawyers at Axelrod & Associates are here for you if you or a family member have been hurt by a drunk driver.
DUI accidents and drunk driving fatalities continue to be a serious problem on SC highways. For example, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 291 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2018, and there were 3,299 deaths caused by drunk drivers in the ten years from 2009-2018 in SC.
3,299 deaths that were avoidable, and 3,299 people who would be with their families today but for someone’s decision to drive after drinking too much. Those are just the deaths caused by drunk drivers in SC – how many people have been left seriously injured or permanently disabled due to DUI accidents?
The DUI accident lawyers on the Axelrod team work hard to hold drunk drivers accountable for their actions.
If you have been injured in a DUI accident, call Axelrod & Associates at 843-916-9300 or complete our contact form to talk with an attorney who has experience handling DUI lawsuits, who cares about your case, and who will do everything possible to recover maximum compensation for you.
If you or a family member has been hurt in a drunk driving accident, your attorney on the Axelrod team will:
If you have been involved in a DUI accident, you may have questions.
Below, we provide some general information, but you should contact a Myrtle Beach drunk driving accident attorney immediately to discuss the specifics of your case and to find out what your options are.
Although SC technically does not have “dram shop laws,” it is illegal for any establishment to serve alcohol to 1) minors or 2) a person who is already intoxicated.
If a bar or restaurant served alcohol to a minor or to someone who was already visibly intoxicated, the establishment is just as responsible for your car crash as the drunk driver. Because it is against the law to serve alcohol to someone who is intoxicated, they are per se negligent and liable for the damage caused by the drunk driver.
SC law permits a jury to award punitive damages when you can prove gross negligence or intentional conduct. Driving a car while intoxicated is gross negligence, juries do not care for drunk drivers, and there is a good chance that you will get punitive damages if your case goes to trial.
Because insurance companies, bars, and restaurants know that punitive damages are likely, this must be factored into any settlement you accept in a drunk driving accident case.
There are caps on punitive damages in SC, but there are no caps on punitive damages when:
When a drunk driver causes a crash or hurts someone, you may be entitled to damages including:
In most cases, if the other driver was drunk, the responding officer will notice, investigate, and arrest them for DUI or felony DUI.
Felony DUI charges are investigated and prosecuted vigorously – if the drunk driver has been charged with DUI or felony DUI, your attorney on the Axelrod team will communicate with the solicitor’s office to stay abreast of any developments in the criminal case and keep you informed.
At trial, the defendant’s conviction for felony DUI is sufficient evidence to prove intoxication. If there is no conviction, however, we may still be able to prove substantial impairment through any tests that were conducted by law enforcement and through witness testimony.
If you are riding in a car with a drunk driver who crashes, the drunk driver is responsible for your damages, and you can file a lawsuit just as a victim in another vehicle could file a lawsuit.
If you have been injured in a DUI accident in South Carolina, the Myrtle Beach drunk driving accident attorneys at Axelrod & Associates may be able to help you to get maximum compensation for your injuries.
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