Alleged Drunk Driver Admits to Drinking at Bar Before Crash
A 51-year-old woman was arrested and five people were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Bluffton on Tuesday night. The accident happened shortly before 11 p.m. at the intersection of Buck Island Road and US 278.
According to the police report, responding officers met with the at-fault driver, who the report says smelled like alcohol, slurred her words, and had glassy and bloodshot eyes. This woman, whose name has not been released, initially denied that she was drinking but eventually admitted to drinking at a bar following a work-related event.
The woman failed field sobriety tests and was charged with driving under the influence. She was booked at the Beaufort County Detention Center and released Wednesday morning.
Five people were hospitalized with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.
No further details are available regarding the circumstances of the crash.
Legal Recourse for People Injured by Drunk Drivers in South Carolina
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents people who have been injured by drunk drivers, helping them recover the financial compensation they deserve through civil lawsuits. Here are a few of his thoughts on the legal options available to people who have been hit by drunk drivers in South Carolina:
There is no excuse for driving drunk. Everyone knows of the deadly dangers of doing so, but reckless individuals still continue to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. These drunk drivers must be held accountable in a court of law, especially when they cause accidents and hurt others.
But motorists aren’t the only ones who have a responsibility to reduce drunk driving. Alcohol vendors also have an obligation to stop serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated customers and to refuse sales to people under 21 years of age. Vendors like bars and nightclubs can also be held liable for accidents caused by intoxicated customers if they have over-served a customer or served a minor who went on to cause a drunk driving crash.
If you’ve recently been injured by a drunk driver, you may have a case for two types of lawsuits: a personal injury lawsuit against the driver, and a dram shop lawsuit against the vendor who served the drunk driver.
Determining your best course of legal action will require assistance from an experienced DUI accident victims lawyer. You can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our lawyers.
Location of Buck Island Road and US 278 in Bluffton, SC