Drunk DrivingDevastating Consequences
South Carolina, like many other states, unfortunately experiences its fair share of drunk driving accidents each year.
Dram Shop Liability
South Carolina, like many other states, has laws in place to hold establishments accountable for over-serving alcohol to individuals who subsequently cause harm to others by driving under the influence. This is known as "dram shop liability." According to South Carolina law, if a bar, restaurant, or any other establishment serves alcohol to a person who is already visibly intoxicated, and that person then causes a drunk driving accident, the establishment may be held legally responsible for the damages caused.
To establish dram shop liability, it is essential to demonstrate the establishment continued to serve alcohol to the individual when they were visibly intoxicated, and that this over-service directly led to the drunk driving accident and subsequent injuries. As a personal injury attorney, I am well-versed in navigating the complexities of dram shop liability cases and advocating for the rights of victims who have suffered due to the negligence of not only the intoxicated driver but also the establishment that contributed to the situation.
In South Carolina, driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense that carries significant penalties. The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for non-commercial drivers over the age of 21 is 0.08%. For commercial drivers, the limit is lower at 0.04%. Additionally, for drivers under the age of 21, a BAC of 0.02% or higher is considered illegal. These strict limits aim to deter drivers from getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
Penalties for DUI offenses in South Carolina vary depending on factors such as the driver's BAC, prior DUI convictions, and the presence of aggravating circumstances like causing an accident resulting in injuries. Penalties may include fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education programs, community service, and even time in prison.
Drunk driving accidents in South Carolina, as everywhere, can have devastating consequences, resulting in catastrophic injuries for victims and passengers involved. As a personal injury attorney, Brendan Green and his team understand the hardships victims face and the importance of seeking justice and fair compensation for their losses. In cases where establishments contribute to these accidents by over-serving alcohol, dram shop liability laws hold them accountable for their actions.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a drunk driving accident, it is crucial to seek legal representation promptly. Brendan Green is here to help you navigate the legal complexities, fight for your rights, and pursue the compensation you deserve. Together, we can work towards preventing future drunk driving accidents and ensuring a safer community for all.