As both personal injury and DUI lawyers in Charleston, we have a lot of experience regarding both auto accidents and drunk drivers. A car accident involving a drunk driver is very different from a standard auto accident case. If you’ve been injured by an intoxicated driver, it is important to hire an attorney who knows how to handle both personal injury claims and DUI defense.
Drunk Driving Accident Injuries in Charleston, South Carolina
Many drunk driving accidents don’t involve any mitigating or defensive maneuvers by the at-fault driver. For example, many drunk driving accidents are head-on or high-speed collisions. The injuries can be devastating, and the insurance company often puts up a bigger fight because so much more is at stake. For this reason, we’re very careful in documenting your medical record and preparing to present it at trial in an orderly fashion. We also might need expert medical testimony to establish your damages. As experienced personal injury attorneys, we are equipped to handle your medical records and fight the defense who will try to downplay the pain, suffering, and disability you sustained.
Drunk Drivers and Auto Accident Claims
Because we’re Charleston lawyers who defend charges of driving under the influence, we also know exactly what they will be going through as their criminal charges proceed. We know exactly what types of evidence exist and how to interpret that evidence. If you’re injured by a drunk driver, sometimes the criminal charges don’t result in a DUI conviction for various reasons, and you may have to prove the person was drunk in a civil case. You’ll also want to prove the person’s degree of intoxication because DUI wreck cases can lead to the recovery of punitive damages. Punitive damages involve a money award used to punish the defendant driver. They are in addition to whatever money award is used to compensate you, the drunker and more reckless a person was, the more you ask for in punitive damages.
Bars or Taverns – South Carolina Dram Shop Laws
Oftentimes, the drunk driver doesn’t have sufficient insurance or assets to help you reach a full recovery. In these cases, we look for other sources of recovery. If the driver purchased the alcohol while he was sober and then got drunk at his house, or if the driver got drunk at a party at someone’s house, then most likely no one else will be found responsible (please read our article about legal liability for hosting a party). However, the law in South Carolina states that “