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Our team of Spartanburg drunk driving accident lawyers at Hammack Law Firm builds claims against intoxicated drivers to hold them accountable for their actions. That includes recovering compensation for our clients based on their losses and expenses.

If you suffered injuries due to the negligence of a drunk driver, we may be able to pursue justice in your case. We file insurance claims and lawsuits on behalf of Spartanburg County traffic accident victims. We also offer free consultations so potential clients can ask questions and learn more about their legal options.

Filing a Claim and Recovering Damages After a Drunk Driving Crash

When a driver gets behind the wheel intoxicated, they could face a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. When they cause an accident, they could face additional criminal charges as well as a civil case against them.

Our team holds drunk drivers accountable for their reckless actions by negotiating a settlement based on their insurance policy or filing a lawsuit against them. This allows us to recover fair compensation for our clients by documenting their losses and demanding an appropriate payout. We can also file underinsured motorist claims if the intoxicated driver does not have enough coverage to handle the damages.

Recoverable damages in a Spartanburg traffic accident could include:

  • Past, current, and future medical care
  • All costs related to treatment and support
  • Lost wages, benefits, and other income
  • Reduced earning capacity if permanent injuries occurred
  • Vehicle repairs and other property damage
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability and disfigurement
  • Other intangible losses

What Damages are Recoverable in a Spartanburg Wrongful Death Case?

Under S.C. Ann. § 15-51-10, South Carolina law allows certain family members – generally spouses, children, and parents – to recover compensation through a wrongful death action. The decedent’s personal representative will need to file this action, and we can help you identify this party during your initial case review.

Recoverable damages in a wrongful death claim in Spartanburg may include:

  • Medical bills
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of income and benefits
  • Loss of services the decedent performed
  • Intangible losses experienced by family members, such as loss of companionship, loss of emotional support, loss of guidance, and more

Hammack Law Firm Takes a Stand for Crash Victims in Spartanburg

At Hammack Law Firm, our mission is to build personal relationships with our clients and make South Carolina a safer place for everyone. To this end, we:

  • Give a lot of time and attention to each client
  • Treat our clients like friends and family
  • Hold the negligent parties accountable for their carelessness or recklessness
  • Seek financial compensation for every client we represent

Our drunk driving accident lawyers are always available to clients to answer questions, offer advice, and help them understand every aspect of their case. Our customer testimonials show that previous clients frequently recommend us for our small firm feel.

Yet we also offer the experience and resources of a big firm, including the financial support needed to investigate and develop a case properly. Our results show that we often secure the compensation our clients need and deserve based on the expenses they incurred.

We don’t charge a fee unless you win

Our attorneys work on contingency, which means that we never bill for upfront fees or any other charges until we recover compensation for our clients. If we do not win your case, you will not be charged any attorney’s fees.

DUI Crashes Frequently Occur in Spartanburg County and South Carolina

In Spartanburg County, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) reported 331 non-fatal drunk driving accidents and 15 fatalities in 2019 alone. According to SCDPS, there are 22,000 DUI arrests in South Carolina annually, and almost half of all traffic accident deaths include at least one impaired driver.

In response, the consequences of a DUI conviction are stiff, even for first-time offenders. SCDPS confirms that penalties for a first-offense conviction under S.C. Code of Laws § 56-5-2930 include:

  • A fine as high as $400, which could reach over $900 with additional assessments and surcharges
  • 48 hours to 30 days in jail
  • Driver license suspension for up to six months

These penalties increase with each subsequent arrest and conviction.

Taking a stand against drunk driving and seeking justice for victims

Drunk driving is a problem in Spartanburg, and Hammack Law Firm takes a firm stance against these preventable collisions. We fight for justice for drunk driving accident victims and hold the negligent drivers civilly responsible for their carelessness. While a criminal conviction is a moral victory for victims, a civil case allows them to recover financial compensation and be made whole.

This is why we demand an appropriate settlement from the driver’s insurer or sue them and go to trial. We believe that our clients deserve justice, and one of the best ways to get it is to hold the drunk driver responsible for their accident-related expenses.

Deadlines Apply for Suing a Drunk Driver in Spartanburg County Civil Court

We do not need to sue in most traffic accident cases. Instead, we file a claim and settle outside of court. When we do need to sue, some additional rules and timelines apply. This includes a three-year deadline set by S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530, which applies to most cases.

Missing this deadline means that we cannot take the case to trial, jeopardizing our ability to secure a fair payout for you. Therefore, meeting this deadline is vital. There are many steps we need to take before we sue – including gathering evidence and calculating damages – so it is best to get started as soon as possible.

Contact Us About Your Spartanburg DUI Accident Injuries Today

At Hammack Law Firm, our attorneys believe that no crash victim should suffer because of someone else’s bad behavior. We want you to understand your legal options and help you hold the drunk driver who injured you accountable. Call (864) 326-3333(864) 326-3333 today for a free consultation to discuss your rights with our team.

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