Drunk driving is a threat to pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists sharing the road. When a driver chooses to get behind the wheel after too much to drink, he or she puts others at risk of serious injury or death. In a recent tragic case, an upstate South Carolina assistant baseball coach was criminally charged after being accused of causing a drunk driving accident that killed three people near Anderson University. In addition to those who lost their lives, there were several others injured as a result of the collision.
According to reports, the 24-year-old coach was charged with three counts of felony DUI that resulted in death and three counts of felony DUI with great bodily harm. Bond was denied after he was arrested and charged for the accident, which occurred on a Saturday night in early November. The criminal charges could result in serious penalties upon conviction. In addition to the criminal charges, the defendant is likely to face a civil investigation and civil lawsuits filed by the victims and their families.
Police reports indicated that coach was driving his pickup while under the influence and crossed the center line prior to a head-on collision with another vehicle. A witness reported the impact was so loud it sounded like an explosion. Two of the victims, aged 22 and 17, were pronounced dead at the scene. Another victim, aged 20, was pronounced dead at the hospital. This is a tragedy impacting the lives of people throughout the area and region. One of the victims had a 1-year-old daughter.
In the event of a drunk driving accident, victims and their families want to know that responsible individuals or entities are held accountable. Our Charleston auto accident attorneys are dedicated to helping victims get the advocacy and counsel they deserve after an accident. In addition to helping you collect on medical bills and hospital expenses, we will ensure that you are fairly compensated for other losses, including future wages, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship. Drunk driving cases are complicated and will often involve competing versions of the facts. We will take a strategic approach in the fight for full compensation.
According to the defendant’s attorney, the driver was not a habitual drunk, partier or drug user, but just made a bad decision. His attorney sought a ‘reasonable bond’ so that the defendant could return to Florida to be with his family. The court denied the request saying that the defendant was a potential flight risk.
Sadly, bad decisions like this can end people’s lives and ruin families. In addition to criminal penalties, victims and their loved ones should know that they can take civil action to hold all responsible parties accountable. In addition to filing claims against a drunk driver, you may also be able to take action against a bar or restaurant that over-served a guest and let him or her drive home. An immediate and thorough investigation can target and identify all responsible parties.
Contact the North Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices by calling 800-887-1965.
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