As the largest city in Horry County and the second-fastest growing metro area in the nation, Myrtle Beach has seen as many as 120,000 new residents over the last 10 years. With all this growth, the number of bars and liquor stores (more than 2,000) has also skyrocketed. In fact, Myrtle Beach has more bars and liquor stores per capita than any other town in our state and has been called the “drunkest city” in South Carolina. Combine all of these factors, and you can see how DUI accidents have become an increasingly dangerous problem for Myrtle Beach.
Residents and tourists in Myrtle Beach all have a right to safety on our roads, but drunk drivers are threatening that right. Between 2011 and 2015, there were 112 fatalities in Horry County caused by alcohol-impaired drivers. If these crashes don’t result in death, they likely cause innocent people to suffer severe injuries, taking a toll on their health and finances. We are here to ensure those people receive justice and that the responsible parties are held accountable for the harm they cause.
Our goal as South Carolina injury attorneys is to protect the rights of innocent people—especially those injured by drunk drivers—in Myrtle Beach and along the entire Grand Strand. For more information about your legal rights after being injured in a DUI accident, contact us today by calling (843) 800-0911 or by starting a live chat using the box below.
Drunk Drivers Are a Frequent Cause of Car Crashes 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. One downside to the popularity of Myrtle Beach is the abundance of alcohol being consumed 24/7. When intoxicated drivers get behind the wheel in Myrtle Beach, they frequently cause serious accidents by:
- Driving erratically - Impaired drivers often weave across lanes, make unexpected maneuvers or turns, and fail to yield the right of way.
- Driving with their lights off - Not only will the intoxicated driver have reduced visibility without headlights, other drivers may not see the car until it is too late.
- Falling asleep at the wheel - An intoxicated driver may pass out, causing a potentially fatal situation for anybody on or around the roadway.
- Failing to see other cars, trucks, motorcycles, bikes, and pedestrians - Decreased reaction time and awareness results in drunk drivers not seeing other people until it is 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.
- Ignoring stop signs or running red lights – These 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.
Hold DUI Drivers and Bars Financially Accountable
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 a visitor, we are here to assist those who have been hurt by drunk drivers and the bars that overserve them. 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 achieve the best possible legal result.
Our experienced accident lawyers are conveniently located in Myrtle Beach. However, given the nature of the injuries caused by drunk driving collisions, we frequently meet clients at their homes or healthcare centers. Our law firm prides itself on treating clients like family, and that begins with the first meeting. To arrange a free consultation with us, reach out by telephone at (843) 800-0911, email, or click on the live chat box on this page.
Answers to Questions About Drunk Driving Accidents in Myrtle Beach
If a drunk driver has injured you or impacted your family, our collection of library articles, blogs, and FAQs will remove some of the uncertainty surrounding your rights after a DUI accident in South Carolina.
- What Makes A DUI Crash Legally Different?
- How Criminal DUI Charges Affect Civil Cases
- Statute Of Limitations On DUI Cases In South Carolina
- What Damages Can I Recover After Being Hit By A Drunk Driver In South Carolina?
- How Punitive Damages Are Determined After A Drunk Driving Accident
- Over-Serving Establishments Can Be Held Accountable For Accidents
- 3 Things SC Drunk Driving Victims And Their Families Should Know
- What Are My Rights If I’m Struck By A Drunk Driver?