In some instances, bars and restaurants can be held liable for injuries suffered in a drunk driving accident caused by one of their customers. These cases are governed by dram shop liability laws, which require establishments to adhere to responsible serving practices and not over-serve visibly intoxicated customers.
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Depending on the roadway and what occurred, you may be able to file a claim against the city, county or state. These cases usually hinge on proving the agency knew about the road damage but did nothing to address it. Filing a lawsuit against the city, state or Federal government is a significant undertaking. You need a competent attorney with experience in these claims.
This time of year, celebrations that involve drinking alcoholic beverages abound. Add to that increased traffic and travel volume on the highways and you have the basis for a spike in car accidents. Please use caution when traveling this holiday season. Don't drink and drive. Don't text and drive, and keep your eyes and mind on the task of driving.
Christmas and Winter Holiday DUI Accidents
From 2012 to 2016, an average of 300 people were killed in auto accidents involving drunk driving between Christmas and New Year's Day, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. In 2016, USDOT says, 781 people were killed in drunk driving crashes over the month of December.
April marks National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in the United States. This source of car accidents remains a pressing problem across the country, and South Carolina is no different.
The aftermath of a car accident tends to be anything but orderly. If you've been involved in a crash before, you're familiar with the feelings of frustration, bewilderment and uncertainty that follow. Best case scenario, the accident is a major inconvenience and throws your day off. Worst case scenario, you are left with a life-threatening and life-altering physical injury.
Hundreds of people are killed in motor vehicle accidents in South Carolina every year. A good portion of those accidents involve an alcohol-impaired driver. As experienced attorneys serving this state, we know the irreparable loss of a fatal accident. If your loved one was killed in a crash caused by someone else's negligence, then you may be owed wrongful death compensation for the losses and pain caused by the death.
Over the course of just one week this past November, 5 children were killed in 6 bus stop accidents across the country. Seven other children were injured in these pedestrian crashes. Although investigations are ongoing, accidents like these often involve inattentiveness and negligence on the part of motorists.
Based on the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), we now know that motor vehicle deaths decreased slightly in 2017. Based on preliminary data, the agency said it appears that this downward trend continued for the first 6 months of 2018.