If you or a loved one is the victim of another driver’s negligence, the Greenville car accident attorney of Hammack Law Firm is prepared to help you take legal action.
DUI Accident Lawyers With Extensive Experience
Were you hurt in an accident caused by a drunk driver? You do not have to suffer alone, nor should you have to pay out of your own pocket for someone else’s poor decisions. Drunk driving is a crime, and the intoxicated driver may face criminal charges and penalties for their actions. Any criminal action will not help you recover what you lost in the crash. You will need the help of an experienced injury attorney to hold them accountable and help you get the full compensation you are owed.
The Palmetto State, unfortunately, has one of the highest rates of fatal drunk driving crashes in the country. According to ABC News and a study by the security company SafeWise, South Carolina has an average of 6.22 drunk driving deaths per 100,000 people, making it second in the country.
The Greenville injury lawyers of Hammack Law Firm are ready to stand up for you if you have been hurt in a crash caused by a drunk driver. We know the devastation these accidents can have on your life, both now and in the future. We will seek the compensation you need to pay your bills, support yourself and your family, and hopefully, put this accident behind you.
Our mission is to offer the substantial legal resources of a big firm with the personal care and attention of a small firm. For a free consultation, call us today at (864) 479-8742.
For the compensation necessary to recover from a devastating car wreck, contact us at (864) 326-3333 today.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
When you have been hurt in a crash with a drunk driver, the first thing you should do is to seek medical attention right away. Once you have been treated, you should immediately call an experienced injury attorney to protect yourself.
Unfortunately, seeking compensation for your injuries after a drunk driving accident can be a difficult task in Greenville. Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that South Carolina has some of the most lenient DUI laws in the United States. While these laws may not directly impact your civil case, MADD makes the argument that South Carolina does too little to prevent drunk driving accidents, especially for repeat offenders.
Dealing with the challenges that you are likely facing after a serious injury accident can be overwhelming and intimidating. Working with a legal team you can trust will allow you to focus on your recovery, while your attorney works to get you the compensation you need and deserve.
Why Should I choose Hammack Law Firm?
For over two decades, Hammack Law Firm has been proud to represent people across South Carolina. We have the big firm experience that you want on your side, but we also provide the personal care and attention of a small firm. Our mission is to offer the best of both worlds: experienced and skilled representation, as well as compassionate client care.
Our bilingual staff is committed to making sure everyone feels comfortable with contacting our firm. We are committed to fighting for the rights of our Greenville community by working tirelessly to hold negligent drivers, including those who were under the influence, responsible for their actions. When your life has been put on hold due to a severe injury crash, we will seek the maximum amount of compensation for you.
Our attorneys are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an exclusive group of attorneys who have won compensation of over a million dollars for just one client alone. We have also been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell, specifically being rated by our peers for the Highest Level of Professional Excellence in 2019. We are proud of the service we have provided to our past clients, and we are ready to put our skills to work for you.
Common Drunk Driving Accidents
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), drunk driving caused 28% of all traffic-related deaths in 2016. Additionally, they report that over 1 million drivers were arrested for DUI in 2016. The problem is not going anywhere and can be catastrophic. The most common types of accidents involving drunk drivers include:
Head-on Collisions: Alcohol consumption impairs a driver’s ability to comprehend road signs and signals. These drivers can often blow through stop signs, red-lights, yield signs, and others, causing dangerous head-on collisions.
Rear-end Collisions: Driving while intoxicated affects a driver’s ability to judge speed and distance. They can often misjudge the amount of space or time they have to come to a stop and rear-end other cars.
Pedestrian Accidents: Impaired vision may prevent a drunk driver from seeing pedestrians crossing the street or on walkways. This problem is even worse at night.
Wrong-way collisions: Drunk drivers often become drowsy. When they lose consciousness while driving, they can swerve into other lanes of traffic and end up going the wrong way. These accidents can be especially devastating due to their unexpected and violent nature.
What Compensation is Available?
If you or a loved one were injured by a drunk driver, seeking financial compensation is your legal right. If the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash, they may be facing criminal conviction as well as the financial obligation to victims. If a drunk driver has hurt you, should not have to pay for their poor decisions. The compensation you may be entitled to could include:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Income
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
Punitive damages are designed to deter reckless and negligent behavior. This form of compensation can be included on top of economic and non-economic damages. Punitive damages must be specifically sought in a lawsuit and can be dependent on several factors including, the severity of the injuries, the intoxication level, the drunk driver’s level of liability, and any previous drunk driving convictions.
Could I Still File a Claim if the Driver Was Not Convicted of a DWI?
Yes. Filing an injury claim is a civil matter, not a criminal one. You, as the victim of someone else’s reckless actions, have the right to hold the at-fault party accountable for the harm that they have caused you through an injury claim. Your lawyer will work to establish that the drunk driver’s actions caused your injuries and financial losses. You can still seek compensation and punitive damages despite a driver not being convicted in criminal court.
Drunk Driving Statistics
The CDC reports that efforts to deter drunk driving have reduced the number of fatal alcohol-related accidents over the past few years. However, drunk driving accidents still claim lives each year. According to the CDC, almost 2% of drivers admit to drinking alcohol before getting behind the wheel in one month. Unfortunately, nearly 33% of all traffic deaths in the U.S involve a drunk driver. MADD reports these startling figures on drunk driving:
- A U.S citizen is killed every two minutes in a drunk driving crash
- Drunk driving costs each U.S adult $500 per year
The total cost of drunk driving amounts to $132 billion each year
- 28.7 million U.S citizens admitted to drunk driving in 2013 alone
- Almost one-third of all drunk drivers are repeat offenders
- Each day, 300,000 U.S drivers will be drunk, only 3,200 will be arrested
Our firm serves the Greenville community. The CDC has provided the following statistics on drunk driving data here in South Carolina:
- 3,870 South Carolina residents died in drunk driving accidents from 2003-2012.
- Out of 100,00 residents, 7.6 South Carolina residents killed by drunk drivers, more than double the national figure of 3.3 per 100,00 residents.
- Men are almost four times as likely to die in alcohol-related accidents that women in South Carolina.
We are here to help those who have been injured by drunk drivers in our Greenville community. These statistics are troubling, and we will aggressively seek to hold the drunk driver accountable for you and your family, and to make the community safer. Together, we can send a message that drunk driving will not be tolerated, and those who harm others will pay.
Our team understands what it takes to fight and win for our clients, and we are ready to help you seek the justice you deserve.
Call a Greenville DUI Injury Attorney Today
Were you hurt in a drunk driving accident in Greenville? Turn to an experienced injury attorney for help getting the full and fair compensation you are owed. South Carolina’s statute of limitations for filing an injury claim is three years from the date of the accident, and you’ll want to give your lawyer enough time to build the strongest case possible on your behalf.
Call our team at (864) 479-8742 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a knowledgeable member of our Hammack Law Firm team today.
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