Drunk Driving in South Carolina
Driving While Impaired Takes Lives
Drunk driving is a common reason for fatal crashes and horrific traffic accidents, leading to significant injuries. Nationwide, over 10,000 people die each year on the highways due to a drunk driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is considered a crime in South Carolina, and drunk drivers face fines, the threat of losing their license and jail time.
Despite such penalties, people continue driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Let’s look at drunk driving from a statistical and psychological perspective and examine the ways in which an inebriated driver can be held responsible for injuring another person.
Morris Law - Drunk Driving
Driving while inebriated can lead to serious injuries, death and financial harm. In turn, it can rob a family of the support a loved one provided or leave an injured party financially strapped. The attorneys at Morris Law have helped numerous individuals and families obtain the compensation they deserve.
Don’t hesitate to schedule a free case review. Our attorneys will evaluate your case and determine if you can file a claim against the at-fault party as well as your options going forward. We do not believe that the injured plaintiff should pay out of pocket for the damages caused by a drunk driver. Neither should you.
Incidence of Drunk Driving
Studies in the past show that about 1 percent of all drivers were charged with drunk driving. However, another 111 million motorists said they had driven while inebriated. This staggering number means that every day the possibility of being in an accident with a drunk driver is astronomical.
The number of fatal accidents due to driving while intoxicated hovers around 29 percent year after year. This comes to roughly 11,000 fatalities every year. For younger drivers, the fatality percentage is even greater.
Motorcyclists and Drunk Drivers
Motor vehicle drivers are not the only ones to drink and drive. Motorcyclists are often involved in drunk driving accidents. Twenty-five percent of fatal motorcycle accidents involved alcohol in 2016. Riders 35 to 39 years of age have the greatest number of fatal crashes.
Underage Drunk Driving
The number of drunk drivers under the age of 21 has decreased in recent years. This is largely due to the increase in zero-tolerance laws. However, young drivers continue to drink and drive.
The way alcohol affects you is dependant on the amount you have imbibed:
- BAC of 0.02 percent (2 drinks): Judgment is affected, multitasking is limited and tracking a moving object is harder.
- BAC of 0.05 percent (3 drinks): Cognitive judgment is affected, small muscles are less functional and inhibitions, coordination and alertness are limited. The driver is unable to steer properly and responding to an emergency is harder.
- BAC 0.08 (4 drinks): The legal level associated with drunk driving - balance, coordination, vision, hearing and speech are all affected. Reason and memory are also affected. Aside from all of the above, the driver finds it harder to obey the speed limit.
- BAC 0.10 (5 drinks): Poor coordination and slurred speech are obvious, and it is harder for the driver to stay in their lane and braking is affected.
- BAC 0.15 (7 drinks): The driver is unable to stand and walk. Vomiting may occur.
Helping a Drunk Driver Stay Off the Road
There are things a driver can do to stay safe:
- If you plan to drink alcoholic beverages, look up the number of a taxi or Uber service in your area. Put the number in your cell phone before you leave home.
- Don’t let a friend leave a club, bar or restaurant if they have had a few drinks and are going to drive home. Call a taxi or offer them a ride.
How a Personal Injury Law Firm Can Help
Your personal injury lawyer will be able to help you recover damages due to the negligence of a drunk driver. This includes medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. If you lost a loved one, the attorney can file a wrongful death lawsuit to obtain justice and the closure you need.