How Many Car Accidents Are Caused By Drunk Driving?

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Drunk driving accidents kill approximately 28 individuals in the U.S. daily, based on NHTSA estimates. That’s more than 10,000 fatal drunk driving accidents per year. It only takes a split-second for a drunk driving accident to change lives forever.

In South Carolina, the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is below 0.08. Alcohol severely impairs a person’s ability to operate any motor vehicle safely, slowing response time and hindering judgment. The consequences of drunk driving can be catastrophic, even fatal.

Damages in Drunk Driving Accident Cases

If you were injured in a drunk driving accident, then you are entitled to compensation for your damages, including: 

  •     Medical bills
  •     Property damage
  •     Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
  •     Lost income, including loss of future earnings and ability to work

 Depending on the behavior displayed by the drunk driver, you may also receive exemplary or punitive damages if your injuries resulted from the liable party’s reckless, wanton, or willful actions. In South Carolina, you are entitled to payment of punitive damages from multiple types of insurance coverage.

Contact an Experienced Greenville Car Accident Lawyer Now

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries because of a drunk driver, the law firm of David R. Price Jr., P.A. can help. We can help you seek the compensation you deserve and hold the drunk driver liable for your losses. Call us at 864-392-3278 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with our skilled Greenville car accident lawyer. 

Car Accident FAQ

What should I do if I’ve been hit by a drunk driver?

Get medical attention right away, and then consult with a car accident lawyer to learn about your legal options.

What damages can I recover from a car accident claim against a drunk driver?

You may be able to recover compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages.

What if a loved one died due to a drunk-driving accident?

You can recover compensation for your losses by filing a wrongful death claim, survival action, or claim for loss of consortium against the drunk driver.  You may also be able to pursue a dram shop action or other case against other parties who enabled him to drive while impaired, such as a bar, restaurant, or other party who provided the driver with alcohol. 

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