Drunk Driver Accidents
Injuries Caused By Drunk Drivers
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, you could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, property and other damages from the driver as well as others who may have been involved in contributing to their intoxication. Drennan Law Firm can help you navigate your legal claim and assist in determining the best course of action.
Why Seek Out Legal Counsel?
When injured in a drunk driving related accident it is important to seek legal counsel, who can guide you through not only what type of damages can be sought, but also which parties you should file against. You will most likely incur expensive medical bills and auto damage, as well as require time off work due to injuries. Insurance companies and the other defendants involved will protect their interests right away, so retaining your own attorney is critical to helping you to recover damages.
Dram Shop and Social Host Liability Laws
Dram Shop Liability
Dram shop laws provide those who suffer injuries with the ability to pursue damages against the bar or alcohol distributor that provided service to the intoxicated driver for injury, death, and other damages. While verbiage may differ from case to case, dram shop liability usually requires that the party providing alcohol knew that the customer was intoxicated at the time that they served and knew that it could result in injury.
While South Carolina does not have a specific dram shop statute, case law has solidified the rights of an injured person (or the family who has lost a loved one) to pursue these types of claims.
Social Host Liability
Social host liability entitles plaintiffs to file personal injury damage claims against a “host” who allowed alcohol to be served to a minor. The adult can be charged with negligence by serving a minor who they knew would end up driving while intoxicated. If you sustain injuries from a minor who was drinking under the supervision of an adult, you may be entitled to seek damages from the adult under the social host liability.