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Sheriff charges driver with felony drunk driving for Ladson crash

Drunk driving is a menace to road safety. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that alcohol impaired adults drove almost 112 million times in this country in 2010. One American died every 51 minutes in a drunk driving crash that year, which resulted in 10,000 fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Drunk driving is suspected in a two-car wreck in Ladson that injured three people. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is investigating the accident that occurred at 8:12 p.m. earlier this month in the area of Lincolnville and Ladson roads. According to the Sheriff's Department, a Chevrolet Suburban crossed the centerline and struck a Toyota sedan traveling in the opposite direction.

The Toyota driver suffered serious injuries and was airlifted for treatment. Her passengers had non-life threatening injuries and were transported by EMS. The SUV driver was transported to the hospital for treatment of possible injuries.

The Sheriff's Department stated that the 49-year-old SUV driver was unsteady on her feet, and that they detected the smell of alcohol on her breath. Authorities charged the SUV driver with felony DUI.

A person injured by a drunk driver may seek compensation in a lawsuit for medical and financial expenses caused by these accidents. Family members of those who perish in a drunk-driving accident may also file a wrongful death action. An establishment that served a visibly-intoxicated person, who causes these accidents, may also be held liable through dram shop liability. Investigations generally should occur promptly in these types of cases so that evidence, such as blood alcohol content and police reports, may be obtained in order for the case to proceed. Time periods restrict the time a lawsuit may commence.

Source: Live 5 WCSC, "Summerville woman charged with felony DUI in two car wreck," Feb. 26, 2013

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