Accidents Caused By Drunk Drivers
The legal team at the Maguire Law Firm understands that recovering from an automobile accident is not only a financial challenge, but also an emotional one as well. Recovering from an injury caused by the recklessness and brazenness of a drunk driver is often more difficult as you struggle through the senselessness of the accident. You do not have to struggle alone. Contact us to see how we can help you. To reach us in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, area call 843-361-7549, or use our toll-free number at 800-525-9900.
Drunk Driving Affects Innocent Victims
Despite the South Carolina Department of Public Safety program “SOS – Sober or Slammer,” in 2006 there were 1,037 alcohol or drug-related accidents on South Carolina highways resulting in 477 fatalities. Forty-six percent of accidents involving a drunk driver result in death. The statistics for 2009 show that every 2.1 hours there is an injury or death in South Carolina caused by a drunk driver.
The effects of alcohol and intoxicated driving reach beyond the innocent victims and the drunk drivers. With close to 251 million registered vehicles driving the highways in the United States, we are all at risk to the dangers of an impaired driver. Nearly 1.5 million people are arrested each year for impaired driving, also known as a DUI or DWI.
Impaired Driving Continues To Be A Problem
In South Carolina it is illegal for adults to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. Impaired driving continues to be one of the most frequently committed crimes in America. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone dies every 30 minutes in an alcohol-related traffic collision totaling more than 18,000 people in 2007.
Effects Of Alcohol On Driving
Why is drinking and driving so dangerous? Here are some of the problems with that deadly combination:
- Alcohol causes poor judgment.
- Alcohol slows your reaction time.
- Alcohol limits your ability to concentrate and to make effective decisions.
- Alcohol impairs your eyesight.
- A driver with BAC 0.08 is three times more likely to have a traffic collision than with no impairment.
- A driver with a BAC of 0.25 percent is 25 times more likely to cause a traffic collision.
Are You A Victim?
If you are the victim of a drunk driving accident in South Carolina or North Carolina, the Maguire Law Firm is here to help you. Call our office at 843-361-7549 for help with your accident.
Where Your Interests Are What Matter
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a drunk driving accident, contact us to see how we can help you. We are dedicated to seeing that you get the justice you deserve. To reach us in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, area call 843-361-7549.