Drunk Driving Accident Attorney in Conway, SC
We all make choices in life, but, when an individual makes the choice to drive while drunk, the consequences of a drunk driving accident can be deadly.
Drunk drivers need to be held accountable for their actions and they must compensate any victims who are made to suffer because of the drunk driver’s choices.
The drunk driving accident lawyers at the Johnny Gardner Law Group have a proven record of recovering full and fair compensation for accident victims. We will aggressively pursue your claim against the drunk driver, and we will fight to ensure that the at-fault driver is held accountable.
How is a Drunk Driving Claim Different?
Insurance companies understand the exposure that they face when their insured has injured or killed a person while driving drunk.
Drunk driving accidents may result in more severe injuries than other types of accidents because the at-fault driver may be driving recklessly at excessive speeds and may not have been capable of hitting the brakes or taking other action to mitigate the damage caused by the accident.
More importantly, a drunk driver is just about the least sympathetic defendant in front of a civil jury. In addition to damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other types of damages that are recoverable in an accident case, the insurance company knows that jurors are more likely to award punitive damages based on the driver’s reckless and inexcusable conduct.
It can be very frustrating for a victim of a drunk driving accident to see the drunk driver receive a light punishment in criminal court or even to have their charge dismissed based on what the victim surely sees as a technicality.
When this happens, it becomes even more important for the drunk driving victim or their surviving family to see that justice is done in civil court.
No amount of money can make what happened right, but a full and fair settlement or verdict against the drunk driver can bring some financial security to the injured party or to grieving family members. When victims and their families feel that the criminal justice system has let them down, our hope is that a successful civil lawsuit can bring some amount of closure for them.
The Drunk Driver’s Criminal Prosecution
Although only the solicitor’s office can prosecute a drunk driver criminally, we understand that the criminal prosecution is important to you and your family and that the outcome of the criminal case could have an impact on your civil claim.
We will follow the progress of the criminal case, provide the prosecution with any evidence that may assist them, and keep you informed as the case progresses.
Although the prosecutor will ultimately make all decisions regarding negotiations with the defendant in the criminal case, the victim also has rights under South Carolina law and the South Carolina Constitution to be kept informed, to be notified of the defendant’s court dates, and to be consulted about decisions that the prosecutor makes.
Contact Johnny Gardner Law Now
If you have been injured by the reckless actions of a drunk driver, call Johnny Gardner Law today to find out how we can help.