Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident in Columbia?
Columbia Personal Injury Attorney Protecting Victims' Rights
When drivers choose to drink and drive, they are gambling with other people's
lives. Alcohol can greatly impair drivers' physical and cognitive
abilities, making drunk drivers much more likely to get in accidents while
they are on the road. If you were injured due to an
auto accident caused by a drunk driver in the Columbia, South Carolina area, then you
are advised to find a strong attorney in your area who can help you hold
the responsible party liable.
By filing a
personal injury claim or lawsuit, you can potentially obtain financial recovery for expenses
such as medical bills, lost wages from time spent out of work, future
lost wages from a disability and more. As an innocent victim, you should
not be forced to pay these costs out of your own pocket—the drunk
driver should be the one to bear this financial burden. At the Law Office
of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, we have Columbia personal injury attorney
who is looking out for your best interests.
Facts About Drunk Driving Accidents
Nationwide, 31% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2011 were caused
by accidents that involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of
0.08% or higher (or drivers above the legal limit for drinking and driving),
according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA). The total death toll from these accidents for that year came
out to 9,878 people killed. On average,
one drunk driving-related death occurs every 53 minutes in the U.S. When looking specifically at the state of South Carolina, there were a
total of 315 traffic accident fatalities that involved drivers with blood
alcohol levels of 0.08% or higher (representing 38% of all traffic accident
fatalities in the state).
There are even more individuals who are injured in non-fatal drunk driving
accidents each year. Traffic accidents caused by drunk drivers can lead
to various types of injuries, from those that take a few weeks or months
of recovery to those that lead to lifelong disabilities. These can lead
to mounting medical expenses and other expenses that can create a great
amount of economic hardship for victims. When drunk driving accidents
cause victims' deaths, those individuals' family members can end
up being left behind with extreme emotional and financial losses.
Taking Action After Your Injury
When you work with The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, our lawyers
can thoroughly review the facts of your case and help you determine your
best approach for taking action following your injury. Because we have
extensive experience working with insurance companies, we can assist you
if you are dealing with an insurer that does not want to pay a fair claim
settlement. If the insurer is not willing to make you a fair offer, we
can help you take the case to court. There are many pieces of evidence
that could point to a drunk driver's guilt. These might include records
from law enforcement of the other party's DUI arrest, video footage
taken by law enforcement surrounding the time of the arrest, witness testimony and more.
Furthermore, medical records and testimony from medical professionals can
also be used to demonstrate the severity of your injuries. We can do the
digging on your behalf to help you access the evidence you need in order
to strengthen your case. We make ourselves flexible to our clients'
schedules, so you can
feel free to call us 24 hours a day, and that includes weekends. We handle cases throughout Columbia, SC and
various surrounding South Carolina communities. Contact a Columbia car
accident attorney from our office so we can help you get on a path toward recovery!