A vibrant, seaside city and popular tourist destination, Myrtle Beach is a busy place! As the largest city in Horry County and the second-fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation, we have seen as many as 12,000 new residents move to the area every year for the last 10 years. Retirees are drawn to the beautiful beaches, top-notch golf courses, and outstanding medical facilities, including the Grand Strand Medical Center and McLeod Seacoast Hospital. In the peak tourist season, our numbers swell even more as hotels, condos, and beachfront houses fill with visitors. Residents and tourists alike cruise Ocean Boulevard in their cars, adding to the congestion and risk of accidents. As personal injury attorneys based in Columbia, South Carolina, we are proud to serve victims of car accidents—especially those injured by a drunk driver—in Myrtle Beach and along the entire Grand Strand.
Drunk Drivers Are a Common Cause of Car Accidents in Myrtle Beach
Traffic in Myrtle Beach is heavy year-round, especially on Kings Highway and 17 Bypass as visitors and residents go to and from the beach, to the Coastal Grand Mall and Tanger Outlets, and to the bars and restaurants along the strip. One downside to the popularity of Myrtle Beach as a vacation destination is the abundance of alcohol consumption going on 24/7. Whether enjoying a cooler full of drinks on the beach or hopping from bar to bar along the strip, too many people are in a vacation state of mind and forget about the dangers of drinking and driving. When intoxicated drivers get behind the wheel in Myrtle Beach, they frequently cause serious accidents by:
- Driving erratically. Drunk drivers often weave across lanes, make unexpected maneuvers or turns, and fail to signal or improperly signal.
- Driving with their lights off. Not only does the intoxicated driver have reduced visibility, other drivers may not see the car until it is too late.
- Falling asleep at the wheel. A drunk driver may fall asleep and lose control of a vehicle, causing a potentially fatal situation for anybody on or around the road.
- Failing to see other cars, trucks, motorcycles, bikes, and pedestrians. Not only does intoxication decrease reaction time, drunk drivers may not even see their victims until it’s too late.
- Rear-ending other vehicles. The delayed reflexes and poor spatial judgment caused by alcohol can cause violent rear-end accidents when drivers fail to stop.
- Veering out of their lanes and causing sideswipe accidents or head-on collisions. Sideswipes can cause other drivers to lose control and wreck, and head-on accidents can cause devastating injuries.
- Ignoring stop signs or running red lights. Failure to yield accidents are often tragic, causing catastrophic injuries—and even death.
- Driving in the opposite direction of travel and causing wrong-way accidents. Many of the worst accidents involve two cars colliding at full speed in a wrong-way crash.
If a drunk driver has injured you or someone you love in South Carolina, our collection of library articles, blogs, and FAQs can help you make sense of your DUI accident and answer many of your top questions, such as:
- How serious is the drunk-driving problem?
- How does alcohol affect a driver?
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- How long do I have to file a DUI accident lawsuit?
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- What damages can I recover after an accident with a drunk driver?
- What are punitive damages and how are they determined?
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- What should I do if my loved one was killed in a DUI accident?
For answers to even more questions, please take a moment to read our e-book, Safety First, Justice Always: Your Guide to South Carolina Auto Accident Law. It’s a completely free resource that we’re happy to offer to everyone who needs help understanding their legal rights after an accident, and it’s available to you right now.
Get Help With Your DUI Accident Recovery Now
The Law Office of Kenneth E. Berger regularly represents DUI accident victims and those who have been injured in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas. Whether you are a resident or you are a visitor from out of state, we are here to assist those who have been hurt by holding drunk drivers legally accountable for their actions. We aim to uphold our core values of high quality, extraordinary legal service, and personal respect while serving your family’s needs, so that you can maximize your recovery from the accident.
Our DUI accident lawyers are conveniently located in Columbia, South Carolina, but if your injuries are too severe to leave the house, we will come to your door to discuss your legal situation in person. To arrange a free consultation with us, reach out by telephone at (803) 790-2800, email, or click on the live chat box on this page.