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In 2018, drunk drivers were responsible for 29 percent of motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the US. While it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher in every state, drunk driving continues to occur. Our team of personal injury lawyers in Columbia, South Carolina, has seen firsthand the effects that car accidents, including those involving drunk drivers, have on the people involved and their loved ones.
This chart from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows the effect that different blood alcohol levels from .02 to .15 typically have on people and their ability to drive.
Spotting a drunk driver in advance can potentially save your life. To spot a drunk or impaired driver, keep an eye out for these behaviors:
South Carolina is one of the highest-ranking states for drunk driving in the nation. Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wyoming are also high-ranking states.
According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS), alcohol-related crashes occur at all hours but typically peak at night and on the weekends.
Additionally, the SCDPS 2017 Traffic Collision Fact Book reports December as one of the worst months for fatal collisions in South Carolina, with 78 fatal collisions, 12,195 total collisions, and 83 deaths.
Top holidays with the most DUIs nationally include:
Our Columbia SC personal injury attorneys have over 30 years of combined experience fighting for people injured in car and truck accidents across the state. Give us a call today at (803) 888-2200. Your first consultation is always free of charge.
If you’re from out-of-state but were involved in a car accident in South Carolina, we are equipped to speak with you remotely and can help protect your rights. Simply call us at (803) 888-2200.
Author: Joe Thickens
Disclaimer: The opinions and ideas in this article are for informational purposes only and are not intended as legal advice. Each case is different and evaluated based on its own particular facts and merits.
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