According to the NHTSA, one person dies in a drunk-driving crash every 48 minutes in the United States. About 29% of all motor vehicle fatalities are the result of drunk driving. Drunk driving accidents are especially tragic accidents because they are easily preventable events.
Drunk drivers hurt other motorists, passengers in their vehicles, and motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Injuries from a drunk driving accident can be catastrophic and life-changing, resulting in permanent disability. We have handled heartbreaking, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and bone fracture cases, as well as fatal accidents caused by DUI drivers.
If you suffer injury in an accident caused by a drunk driver, or a loved one has died, the state may pursue a criminal case against the driver. However, as the victim, you also can pursue a civil suit as a legal action for compensation. Claims can be complicated due to simultaneous criminal prosecution while your civil case is ongoing. Generally, the outcome of the criminal case has little to no relevance on the civil (personal injury) claim.
Damages awarded in a personal injury settlement can include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you file a lawsuit, the court may also award punitive damages if the defendant was grossly negligent or reckless in causing injury. The court will consider the severity of a victim’s injury, the defendant’s level of intoxication, liability for the accident, and any previous drunk driving convictions the defendant has.
Before you accept any compensation, provide any statements, or sign any documents, talk to a knowledgeable lawyer. A South Carolina DUI injury victim attorney who has successfully handled similar cases will understand the unique complexities of these cases.
No one should have to take on a DUI injury case alone. At Krause, Moorhead & Draisen, P.A., we give all of our client’s peace of mind with a no recovery, no fee, agreement. Our clients pay no upfront fees, and all consultations are free. We get paid when a settlement or verdict is reached. Contact us today, and we will get started with a review of your case.
Steven Krause is a personal injury, auto accident, and workers’ compensation lawyer who practices in Anderson, SC. He graduated form the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been practicing law for 40 years now. Steven Krause believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience here.