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SC Drunk Driving Accidents in Myrtle Beach

Driving is risky business.

No matter how careful you are, there's always a chance that you will have an accident when you're piloting a two-ton hunk of steel. And few things increase the likelihood of an accident more than a driver who is impaired by alcohol or other drugs.

Like the Myrtle Beach driver who police say was so intoxicated that he passed out behind the wheel after plowing into the rear of another vehicle last week.

The driver "seemed disoriented," had trouble standing, and was unable to walk a straight line or follow directions when he was asked to take field sobriety tests, according to police.

When officers searched him, they found a white substance that the suspect identified as heroin. In his car, police found several pills that were determined to be benzodiazepines.

Impaired Drivers in SC Put Us All At Risk

Luckily, no serious injuries were reported in this auto accident, but, too often, that is not the case.

About a third of all traffic fatalities - more than 10,000 each year - are caused by impaired drivers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Tens of thousands more people are injured by intoxicated drivers every year.

How Can My Personal Injury Attorney Help?

When you get injured by a drunk driver, the bills can start piling up fast.

Because impaired drivers are likely to be at fault in an accident and because juries don't have a lot of sympathy for them, your Myrtle Beach personal injury attorney stands a good chance of helping you recover these costs.

Insurance companies know this, and they will try to cut their losses by settling quickly. Don't fall for this - if you are injured by a driver who was impaired by alcohol or other drugs, contact your SC DUI accident attorney before you even speak to insurance company representatives.

What Kind of Damages Can I Recover if a Drunk Driver Hit Me?

Your SC auto accident attorney can help you recover damages for:

  • Medical bills and future medical costs;
  • Missed wages;
  • Future lost earnings;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Property damage;
  • Psychological trauma; and
  • Any other compensable costs that arise from the accident.

You can collect these damages even if the other driver isn't convicted of DUI. In civil court, you don't have to prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that the at-fault driver was drunk - that is the standard in criminal court.

In a civil case, you must prove by "a preponderance of evidence" - a lower standard of proof that means "more likely than not" - that the driver's impairment caused the accident.

Punitive Damages in SC DUI Accidents

You can also seek punitive damages if you are injured by a drunk driver. When deciding whether to allow punitive damages, the court will consider the severity of your injuries, the defendant's liability for your injuries, the defendant's blood alcohol level, and whether the defendant has previous DUI convictions.

South Carolina has no limit on punitive damages when the defendant was impaired by alcohol or other drugs.

Got Axelrod?

If you or someone you know has been injured in a SC car crash with a drunk driver, we want to help. Schedule a free consultation with a Myrtle Beach drunk driving accident lawyer on the Axelrod team. Call us at (843) 916-9300 or fill out our contact form today.

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