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DUI Accidents

Anderson DUI Accident Lawyers

Drunk driving continues to be a devastating issue across the United States, including right here in South Carolina. Every day, innocent lives are affected by the reckless decisions of others. The victims of these accidents often face not just physical injuries but also emotional turmoil. Injured people and their families need to know they have a right to seek financial compensation for their suffering. 

At Smith & Griffith, LLP, we understand the impact DUI accidents can have on families and entire communities. We have deep roots right here in upstate South Carolina and are proud of the reputation we’ve earned for giving hurting people the legal representation they need. The DUI accident lawyers in our Anderson office routinely serve clients throughout the county, into Pickens and Oconee counties, and all of South Carolina. 

Call (864) 477-7395 today to schedule a free consultation.

The Difference Between Criminal and Civil Liability In DUI Cases

Law enforcement will be involved in a DUI case, and the District Attorney’s office may well file criminal charges against the offending party. However, it’s important to note that this is different from the work our office does, which takes place in civil court. 

These differences show themselves in the following ways: 

  • The purpose: Criminal cases aim to punish the offender and deter future violations, while civil cases focus on compensating the victim.
  • The standard of proof: Criminal cases require proof “beyond a reasonable doubt,” a higher standard than the “preponderance of evidence” required in civil cases.
  • The venue: The judge and jury that hear your lawsuit will be different than the ones involved in any trial initiated by the state. 
  • The potential outcomes: A criminal conviction may result in penalties for the defendant, whereas a civil case victory leads to monetary compensation for the plaintiff.

While two separate tracks, a criminal case can still impact the outcome of your civil lawsuit. If the defendant either pleads guilty to DUI or is found guilty at trial, that can strengthen the efforts of our Anderson DUI accident lawyers to secure a fair financial settlement for you. 

Dram Shop Liability in South Carolina

The offending driver isn’t the only party who can be held accountable in a DUI accident case. In South Carolina, dram shop laws provide a means for holding establishments accountable for serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated patrons or minors who subsequently cause a car accident

Dram shop liability emphasizes the responsibility of alcohol-serving establishments to contribute to public safety by monitoring and controlling their service practices. It is important to note, however, that it must be proven that the establishment knew—or at least should have known—that the offending individual was intoxicated or underage. 

Evidence collection, including gathering testimonies and any available surveillance footage, can play a role in substantiating these claims. The team at Smith & Griffith, LLP has extensive experience in investigating negligence, and we understand what is necessary to prove it in a court of law. 

Experienced and Compassionate Legal Counsel

For over 25 years, Smith & Griffith, LLP has given a voice to those who have been injured by someone else’s negligent behavior. Our team leverages extensive experience, compassion, and a thorough knowledge of all relevant laws to advocate on your behalf. 

Call our Anderson office at (864) 477-7395 or contact us online today to set up a free consultation. Let’s work together to get you the settlement you deserve.

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