Drunk driving puts everyone at risk on the road. Driving under the influence of alcohol impairs your ability to safely operate a vehicle. As your blood alcohol content rises, your speech, vision, physical control and reaction time. This will affect your driving abilities and can lead to a car accident.

Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 7,852 fatal drunk driving accidents in the United States. In South Carolina, there were 5.97 fatalities per 100,000 residents.

South Carolina is considered one of the most dangerous states when it comes to fatal drunk driving accidents. This is a serious issue, and one that drivers need to be aware of on the road.

Drivers need to plan accordingly if they are consuming alcohol. It is the driver’s responsibility to take steps to prevent driving drunk, such as designating a sober driver or calling a cab to get home safely.

Drunk drivers cause many accidents every year, and many do not result in fatalities. Do you know your rights after being injured in an accident involving a drunk driver?

You may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver responsible for your injuries. A lawsuit may help you receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

It is important to understand your rights after an accident and to get the proper medical care right away. An attorney can assist you with your case and make sure all legal options are explored.

Source: Consumer Affairs, “Fatal drunk driving accidents are more likely to occur late at night and at 7 p.m.,” Christopher Maynard, Nov. 3, 2015