You never expect to feel the effects of a drunk driving accident until the unexpected happens. Families and victims of drunk driving accidents experience sudden and overwhelming loss, injuries, and physical and mental stress - all of which is almost always preventable. Dram Shop Law holds bars and restaurants responsible for over-serving patrons who get behind the wheel and put our roadways and community at risk. Our experienced team of lawyers in South Carolina have a reputation for litigating these difficult cases and finding clients the necessary resources to move forward and rebuild.Get Help Now
A drunk driver struck our client, a pedestrian working on a nighttime road paving crew, and fled the scene of the accident. Apprehended by the police and charged with driving under the influence with great bodily harm, the driver testified that he had been served 10 liquor drinks over a four-hour period at an upscale chain restaurant. Our client suffered multiple injuries, including a mild traumatic brain injury and numerous facial fractures. He continues to struggle with chronic pain, headaches, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, sleep and emotional disturbances, and significant hearing loss. Yarborough Applegate secured a $3.75 million settlement for our client from both the driver and restaurant.
Our client, a friendly, health-conscious, respected construction worker, was riding his bicycle home from work when he was struck and instantly killed by a drunk driver. After fleeing the accident, the driver, who was using his company’s vehicle, was apprehended by police and charged with felony DUI. An investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of beer, liquor, and prescription medication and had a history of alcohol-related misdemeanor and felony convictions. The employer’s insurance company sought to avoid coverage of the claim and the employer claimed no prior knowledge of the driver’s history of drinking and driving. The case was settled at mediation for $3 million.
This lawsuit was filed against a restaurant for violating South Carolina's alcohol liability statutes through over-service of alcohol to a customer who was subsequently involved in a fatal automobile collision. The customer, after being served 8 glasses of wine by the restaurant, drove the wrong way down the highway and crashed into Plaintiff's vehicle injuring him and, most tragically, killing his twelve year old child. The at-fault drunk driver had a BAC of .21 and was sentenced to twelve years in prison for felony DUI. Evidence uncovered during discovery showed that the restaurant not only served its customer to the point of intoxication but they also failed to call 911 in violation of company policy when they learned that the customer had staggered into the parking lot, run over a bush and drove drunk away from the restaurant. This most challenging part of this hard-fought settlement with the restaurant was the fact that a previous settlement reached with another at-fault party created a set-off of $5,250,000 had the case gone to verdict. This additional settlement brought the total recovery for the Plaintiffs to $8,250,000.
Charleston, South Carolina native David Yarborough has more than 15 years of experience successfully representing severely injured people in complex personal injury, wrongful death and products liability actions.
William is a Charleston, South Carolina native with strong ties to the local and state-wide community. Having a broad range of legal experience, he has successfully litigated cases from securities fraud to wrongful death.
Yarborough Applegate represent most clients with personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis. In these cases, we will not charge you a fee unless we successfully recover for you. If any recovery is made, the contingency fee is calculated before our expenses are deducted. If you have questions about your rights or believe you have a claim, call us. We offer free case evaluations. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Please call (843) 972-0150 now, or complete our consultation form.
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