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Dram Shop Laws and Drunk Driving Car Accidents in Charleston South Carolina: What You Need to Know

According to the Charleston Eater, families have sued a restaurant in Charleston for serving too much alcohol to the individual responsible for the DUI deaths of their loved ones. South Carolina’s Dram Shop Laws make it possible for families to hold establishments accountable for serving too much alcohol to patrons who then go on to drink and drive and cause a car accident. In South Carolina, injured individuals and families can make claims against bars and restaurants to pay for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, and rehabilitation fees.

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South Carolina law sets guidelines on how much alcohol should be served to a given patron within a given period of time. Establishments can be held liable for injuries and deaths that result if the restaurant or bar is found to have served individuals more than one drink per hour.

There are many ways that evidence can be furnished to prove an establishment negligent. For instance, a personal injury lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina can establish to the court that an individual can become easily intoxicated at a given establishment. If a lawyer can do this, it is more likely that the establishment will be held accountable.

Currently thirty states in the U.S. allow for establishments that serve liquor to be held legally liable for serving alcohol to individuals who already exceed legal BAC limits. Establishments are required to check identification as well. Establishments that serve liquor to minors who subsequently get hurt can also be held legally liable under Dram Shop Laws. Minors have the legal right to sue an establishment if they are injured as a result of being served alcohol.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving supports the implementation of dram shop laws. The organization has found that in states with more stringent laws, the number of drunk driving related deaths is lower than in states with more lax laws.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a car accident with a drunk driver, it is important to understand that there are many resources available to you and your family. State victims’ compensation funds may be able to pay part or all of your medical bills and lost wages. For individuals with more serious injuries, it may be prudent to pursue a lawsuit against the negligent party or against the establishment that served alcohol to the negligent party because state victims’ compensation funds won’t always cover all medical bills. In some cases, it may make sense to pursue all avenues to ensure that victims receive adequate compensation and to ensure that they and their loved ones are cared for following an accident.

A personal injury lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina may be able to assist you if you or a loved one was injured in a DUI accident. The Drescher Law Firm, L.L.C. can help car accident survivors navigate South Carolina’s laws and statutes to ensure that they receive the justice they deserve.

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