Alcohol-Impaired Driving Results in Fatalities or Serious Injuries in South Carolina

South Carolina ranks as the 2nd worst in DUI related fatalities in the nation based on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) National Center for Statistics and Analysis. Drunk drivers kill innocent people, or result in serious injuries that have devastating effects on families.

It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle in South Carolina with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. In fact, all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have by law set a threshold making it illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 g/dL or higher.

In 2017 there were 10,874 people killed in alcohol-impaired- driving crashes, an average of 1 alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 48 minutes. These alcohol- impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 29 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States in 2017. Of the 10,874 people who died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2017, there were 6,618 drivers (61%) who had BACs of .08 g/dL or higher. The remaining fatalities consisted of 3,075 motor vehicle occupants (28%) and 1,181 nonoccupants (11%). 

Based on national data related to alcohol impaired driving in 2017, the NHTSA has set forth the following “key findings:

-Key Findings-

  • In 2017 there were 10,874 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drivers with BACs of .08 g/dL or higher. This totaled 29 percent of all traffic fatalities for the year. (Note: It is illegal in every State to drive with a BAC of .08 g/dL or higher.)
  • An average of 1 alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 48 minutes in 2017.
  • The estimated economic cost of all alcohol-impaired crashes (involving alcohol-impaired drivers or alcohol- impaired nonoccupants) in the United States in 2010 (the most recent year for which cost data is available) was $44 billion.
  • Of the traffic fatalities in 2017 among chil- dren 14 and younger, 19 percent occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.
  • The 21- to 24-year-old age group had the highest percentage (27%) of drivers with BACs of .08 g/dL or higher in fatal crashes compared to other age groups in 2017.
  • The percentage of drivers with BACs
    of .08 g/dL or higher in fatal crashes in 2017 was highest for fatalities involving motorcycle riders (27%), comparedto passenger cars (21%), light trucks (20%), and large trucks (3%).
  • The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2017 was 3.6 times higher at night than during the day.
  • In 2017 among the 10,874 alcohol- impaired-driving fatalities, 68 percent (7,368) were in crashes in which at least one driver had a BAC of .15 g/dL or higher.

There is some good new too — Fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes decreased by 1.1 percent (10,996 to 10,874 fatalities) from 2016 to 2017. Alcohol- impaired-driving fatalities in the past 10 years have declined by 7 percent from 11,711 in 2008 to 10,874 in 2017. The national rate of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle crashes in 2017 was 0.34 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT), down from 0.35 in 2016. The alcohol-impaired-driving fatality rate in the past 10 years has declined by 13 percent, from 0.39 in 2008 to 0.34 in 2017.

At the Goings Law Firm, we believe that one DUI related fatality is one too many. Drinking and driving have consequences, and it’s our mission to make sure at the drunk driver pays for the injuries and harm they inflict on the innocent. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a drunk driver related motor vehicle crash, call us today for a free, no obligation, consultation– the number is 803-350-9230.

Source: National Center for Statistics and Analysis. (2018, November). Alcohol- impaired driving: 2017 data (Traffic Safety Facts. Report No. DOT HS 812 630). Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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SC ranks second highest for DUI deaths amid New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve rings in more than the dawn of a new year—it’s also one of the deadliest nights on our nation’s roads. It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities, but one too many toasts before getting behind the wheel can turn revelry into tragedy.

South Carolina ranks second highest for DUI deaths amid New Year’s Eve based on a Study from Safewise.com. South Carolina’s statistics show that 6.22 per 100,000 people due to Impaired Driving. This is the second highest in the nation, only behind Wyoming. Last year , nearly 22,000 people were arrested for DUI and more than 300 died in incidents involving drunk driving. In 2017, drunk driving accounted for 29% of all traffic fatalities nationwide, and nearly sixty percent (60%) of alcohol-involved fatal crashes involved drivers that registered very high blood alcohol content.

Drunk and impaired driving is a deadly problem in our state, and innocent lives are effected everyday. The Goings Law Firm fights drunk drivers in court. If you or a family member has been injured due to a drunk driver, call us today at 803-350-9230. We will get you the justice that you deserve, and we make DRUNK DRIVERS PAY!


Actor Stamos discharged from custody after drunk driving arrest

Celebrity John Stamos was released from custody on June 13 after he was arrested in Malibu for drunk driving, FOX 411 reported.

The 51-year-old Full House actor, who was admitted at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on June 12, was confirmed to be driving a vehicle while intoxicated. A citation was issued to Stamos when he was arrested by the Beverly Hills police after were notified of a man possibly driving a vehicle while drunk. Stamos sent a message through his Twitter account thanking everyone, including his supporters and hospital staff members, after the incident.

The legal team at the Goings Law Firm, LLC, in Columbia knows how devastating a drunk driving accident can be, as they often result in serious injuries and, in the worst scenarios, death. If you or a loved one has been affected by an accident like this through no fault of your own, our skilled attorneys may work for financial compensation from the person or people responsible. Call us at (803) 350-9230 today to begin taking action.


MADD seeking tougher DUI laws in Columbia after fatal crash

A member of “Mothers Against Drunk Driving” (MADD) is seeking tougher drunk driving law after a 61-year-old woman was recently killed in an accident in Columbia caused by an intoxicated driver, WLTX 19 reported on April 13.

The call for tougher DUI laws was sought by Steven Burritt after a car accident on April 11 killed 61-year-old Roxina Hollow Mack. The victim was killed after the vehicle she was riding in was crashed into by Arthuro Rios Torres, 30, who already has three DUI convictions. Torres, who is currently in jail, was suspected of intoxicated driving when the accident occurred. Burritt is suggesting that vehicles of all DUI offenders should have an ignition interlock device for a period of time to test blood alcohol levels, as is the case in other states. Currently, only those convicted of a DUI who blew a BAC of over .15 must use this device.

Many families unfortunately have to deal with emotional, physical, and financial hardships after losing a loved one in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. If you have experienced this in the Columbia area, the lawyers of the Goings Law Firm, LLC, may possibly help you reduce your burden by pursuing damage claims from negligent parties. Find out how we may work for you today by calling (803) 350-9230.


SC Sheriff charged in drunk driving accident

A sheriff in Berkeley County was charged on December 28 after being involved in an intoxicated driving accident that resulted in one injury, The Berkeley Independent reported.

Reports said Sheriff Wayne DeWitt was arrested before 6:00 a.m. after Hanahan Police confirmed that his vehicle was involved in a rear-end collision at Henry Brown Boulevard and Redbank Road. The sheriff reportedly left the scene after crashing into the vehicle driven by Robert Gonzalez. DeWitt, who was re-elected last November, was also charged with intoxicated driving after failing a field sobriety test administered to him. The sheriff was temporarily discharged after posting a $10,997 bond and is expected to appear in court on February 11.

The lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC, understand that many innocent people in Columbia suffer injuries in accidents caused by drunken drivers. If you believe you have experienced this, remunerations may be won for your fast recovery. Learn more about your legal options by calling (803) 350-9230 today.


Jennefier Lopez and Leah Remini Involved in Hit-and-Run with Drunk Driver

450770946On September 29, actresses Leah Remini and Jennifer Lopez were hit by a drunk driver while driving along Pacific Coast Highway in California. The two celebrities were stopped at a red light when a small pick-up truck hit them from behind and then sped off. They called police and provided a description of the car. Authorities located and apprehend the driver shortly after the incident. The driver of the pick-up truck was under the influence and arrested for DUI and hit-and-run.

Lopez and Remini had two children with them in the back seat of the car. Thankfully, in this case, no one was injured. Yet, oftentimes injuries resulting from accidents caused by drunk drivers can be very severe and oftentimes can even result in wrongful death. Further, this case is an example that anyone can be the victim of an accident caused by a drunk driver.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, our legal team at the Goings Law Firm, LLC, believes that you may be owed financial compensation. To find out how we may be able to help you take action in order to get the compensation you are seeking, call (803) 350-9230 today.


Felony DUI charges followed fatal drunk driving accident

Two people were killed and seven others injured in a DUI-related crash in South Carolina, and charges have been filed against the driver who instigated the accident, WYFF reported on September 9.

Reports said the accident occurred on September 7 before 8:00 p.m. when the side of the vehicle driven by Joshua Adam Silvers was struck by a vehicle driven by Drew Greene on Sandifer Boulevard. Silvers and his wife Michele both died in the accident, the Oconee County Coroner’s Office confirmed. Three other vehicles were involved in the crash and seven other people were injured. Two charges of felony DUI with a death were filed against Greene, who is currently booked at Oconee County Detention Center with. The total bail for both of his charges is set at $100,000.

The lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC, are deeply sad this incident occurred and extend their sincere condolences to the friends and family suffering during this difficult time.