South Carolina Car Accident Attorneys Protecting Victims of Drunk Driving Auto Accidents
McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, lawyers advocate for victims when drunk drivers cause harm
A large percentage of South Carolina car crashed are alcohol-related. State Department of Transportation statistics show that 47% of fatalities and 43% of injuries on secondary roads in South Carolina are due to drunk driving. Over one in five deaths and injuries on primary South Carolina roads are drunk driving related. Drunk-driving deaths on county and federal roads are also quite high. Of all the types of motor vehicle accidents, drunk driving accidents that seriously injure or kill innocent people are the most easily preventable.
At McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, our attorneys have decades of experience handling such complicated car accidents throughout the state. We represent the victims of drunk driving accidents and families who have lost loved ones in crashes involving intoxicated drivers. Our South Carolina drunk driving accident attorneys have the resources and experience necessary to open independent investigations into drunk driving injuries and fatalities to hold all responsible parties legally accountable to victims and their families.
Liability in drunk driving cases
In many drunk-driving cases, the police will prosecute the drunk driver for violation of South Carolina driving while intoxicated laws. A South Carolina drunk driving accident attorney at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, works with the police in these cases to use the conviction to help prove the drunk driver caused the accident and is responsible for paying damages.
If even the police do not move forward with a criminal case, or the drunk driver gets acquitted of charges, a South Carolina drunk driving accident attorney can bring a civil action on behalf of anyone hurt or killed by the drunk driver.
Who can be sued?
There are several people and businesses that can be held liable when a drunk driving accident happens. Our South Carolina drunk driving lawyers seek to hold all responsible parties accountable for a victim’s injuries. Examples of parties that might be held liable include:
- The drunk driver. A driver who was legally intoxicated at the time of the crash.
- Social hosts. Social host laws hold adults responsible when they serve alcohol to minors.
- Businesses that serve alcohol. Our McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC lawyers also use the state dram shop laws to hold any business, such as a tavern, that served someone alcohol accountable for the injuries or death that later ensued.
Damages in drunk driving cases
Drunk-driving cases often cause serious injuries or fatalities because, most times, the victim has no time to react to a drunk driver. Families whose loved one has died in a drunk driving accident can bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties. Survivors of drunk driving accidents can bring their own actions for damages. Common damages suffered by victims and families after a drunk driving accident include, but are not limited to:
- Medical expenses, medical equipment and prescriptions.
- Long-term care and rehabilitation costs.
- Lost income, wages, and employment benefits.
- Property damage.
- Pain and suffering.
Our South Carolina attorneys hold drivers accountable
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident that was the fault of a drunk driver, our firm can help. We work to get drunk driving victims and families the fullest compensation allowed by law. At McGowan, Hood & Felder LLC, we work on a contingency fee basis. That means you only pay fees if you win. Your drunk driving accident case matters to us. We are driven to get just results.
Please contact a South Carolina drunk driving accident attorney at 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation or complete our online form. We serve clients throughout the state and in our offices in Columbia, SC, Anderson, SC, Rock Hill, SC, Sumter, SC, and Georgetown, SC.