Arrested Lawmaker “Definition of Negligence,” Lawyer Says

A South Carolina lawmaker was arrested for drunk driving last week, his second DUI charge in a year. Attorney and victim advocate Gary Christmas says the incident is the definition of legal negligence and puts lives at risk.

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“If you are the victim of a drunk driver you should talk to a lawyer. You do not have to pick up the bill for someone else's mistake.

Columbia, SC (PRWEB) June 18, 2013

State Representative Ted Vick was arrested a week ago for drunk driving, according to a police incident report. This is the second DUI arrest for Vick in a year, and resulted in a night spent in jail. Attorney and victim advocate Gary Christmas says the behavior exemplifies what is meant by “negligence” in legalese and that Vick would have been liable for any injuries he caused according to WSOCTV (5.15.2013).

As stated by WSOCTV, Vick was at a dinner for committee members the night of his arrest, and walked from the restaruant back to the Capitol where his car was parked. A safety officers said he was stumbling as he walked across the ground and had to steady himself.

He was pulled over and arrested as he left the parking structure. Vick drove over a traffic cone before being pulled over.

“This is a case where thankfully a drunk driver did not hurt anyone,” said Christmas, a Charleston personal injury lawyer. “But legally his action is considered negligent. Had he struck anyone, he would be in much deeper trouble – he would owe for every penny of their damages and medical bills.”

Christmas says that accident victims often don't realize they are owed full compensation, even if the other driver's insurance doesn't cover the full amount.

“The civil justice system is designed to try to set things right, at least monetarily,” Christmas said. “If you are the victim of a drunk driver you should talk to a lawyer. You do not have to pick up the bill for someone else's mistake.”

About Gary Christmas:

Gary Christmas is a Charleston personal injury lawyer and senior partner in the law firm of Howell & Christmas. He has tried more than 200 cases with a focus on protecting the rights of people injured on the job or in boat and car accidents. He can be contacted at:

Howell & Christmas
1495 Remount Road
North Charleston, South Carolina 29406
843-566-8030

250 Mathis Ferry Road
Suite 102
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 29464
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