Alcohol Blamed for Carolina Crash Involving First Responders

A Charleston County emergency responder and four additional bystanders were hit by a vehicle that plowed their crash scene. According to News13, both of the accidents happened along Ashley Phosphate Road.
The second accident was allegedly caused by a 26-year-old driver who was under the influence of alcohol. He is now facing three counts of felony driving under the influence.

Our Rock Hill drunk driving accident lawyers understand that a dash cam caught this disaster on video. You can see it here. In this accident, there were five civilians, a firefighter and a medic who were taken to local hospitals.

Accident reports indicate that the emergency responders were doing everything properly — parked in a defensive position and were wearing the proper reflective gear to help ensure that passing motorists could see them.

Officials with the North Charleston Police Department are still investigating the accidents. The intoxicated driver in the incident has been issued a $300,000 surety bond.

Drunk driving car accidents can unfortunately cause more than property and physical damage. They can also lead to serious emotional damage and lifelong disabilities. Tragically, there are roughly 10,000 lives lost every year here in the U.S. because of alcohol-related traffic accidents. And these kinds of collisions account for about a third of all fatal accidents recorded in the country.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 400 people killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents in the state of South Carolina in 2011. These accidents accounted for more than 45 percent of all of the fatal traffic collisions in the state for that year.

And many of these under-the-influence drivers have done this all before. According to the NHTSA, drivers with a BAC level of .08 or higher in fatal crashes in 2011 were seven times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving while impaired than were drivers with no alcohol.

Before you get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, think about the consequences. You could wind up in a potentially fatal accident — killing yourself or another innocent traveler. Remember to designate yourself a sober driver if you’re going out drinking. This driver should be someone who agrees to drink NOTHING, and not the person who has had the least to drink. If you don’t have a sober driver, call a cab or use public transportation. Nothing is work the risk.

If you see someone who has been drinking, make sure you get the keys from them. Step in and help them to find a safe and sober way to get home. Your intervention could wind up saving their life, or saving the life of another innocent traveler.

Ultimately, be safe, stay sober and stay from behind the wheel if alcohol is on your agenda.

If you or someone in your family has been injured in a car accident, contact the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

Carolina DUI Collisions & Lowering the BAC Limit, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, May 25, 2013

Drunk Drivers Killing Hundreds in South Carolina, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, April 28, 2013

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