Drunk Driving in Clinton, South Carolina by the Numbers
Drunk driving presents a serious risk to Clinton drivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Nearly 4,000 individuals were killed in drunk driving accidents between 2003 and 2012. This means that there were over 500 deaths per year during this period that were attributable to drunk driving;
- One and six-tenths percent of South Carolina drivers admit to have drank and thereafter drove when they might not have been capable of doing so. This is slightly below the national average of one and nine-tenths percent of U.S. drivers who admit to driving after having consumed too much alcohol. (Note that these results are dependent upon drivers who self-reported: It is entirely possible that the true percentage of drivers in South Carolina and in the United States who drive drunk is higher.)
- Men are more likely to have been killed in drunk driving accidents than women, and those between the ages of 21 and 34 were the age group most at risk of being killed in a South Carolina drunk driving accident.
Although there are certain behaviors and habits that can reduce the likelihood of being involved in a drunk driving accident, there is no way to insulate oneself from the risk of being injured or killed in a drunk driving accident. Motorists and passengers injured by drunk drivers (or their families, if the motorist/passenger is killed) are able to bring drunk driving accident lawsuits against the at-fault driver to recover compensation for their injuries and losses.
Compensation Available for Injured and Deceased Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents
If the injury victim survives the drunk driving accident, he or she is likely to suffer thousands of dollars in losses and expenses relating to the accident. These losses and expenses are usually able to be compensated through a successful drunk driving accident lawsuit. These losses and expenses may include: (1) medical and surgery costs already incurred; (2) reasonably foreseeable treatment costs, prescriptions, and/or assistive devices; (3) lost wages; (4) the value of lost opportunities for promotions and other job-related benefits; (5) mental pain, suffering, and anguish; (6) the value of the loss of enjoyment of life; and (7) punitive damages (although punitive damages are not available in every case).
If the victim does not survive, a surviving family member or other designated party may be able to seek compensation on behalf of the deceased victim. This person may be able to recover many of the same types of damages that the decedent would have been able to recover had he or she survived the accident. In addition, funeral expenses, burial costs, and other expenses can also be compensated through a drunk driving car accident claim.