Drunk Driving Accident Attorney in West Plains

Were you the victim of a drunk driving accident?

Car accidents caused by drunk drivers are much more common than many people believe. In the state of Missouri, it is unlawful to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated by alcohol. This means that any person who gets behind the wheel with a BAC at or above .08 percent may be arrested. This also means that this person is much more likely to make poor decisions behind the wheel and possibly cause a serious car accident. A personal injury lawyer in West Plains, MO from Henry & Williams, P.C., can help you get compensation if you have been one of these victims.

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Drunk Driving Statistics in MO

According to data from 2009 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 10,389 fatalities due to drunk driving car accidents throughout the United States; this accounts for one death every 50 minutes. Other statistics also show that one in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related car accident at some point in their life.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that nearly 30 people lose their lives every day in a motor vehicle collisions related to alcohol impairment of some degree; and this is only in the United States. In total, well over $50 billion is spent each and every year cleaning up the mess of crashes that were caused by at least one intoxicated driver. The problem is so big, in fact, that only three years ago more than 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (or narcotics).

Young people and riders of motorcycles tend to be the most at risk for injuries and / or death caused by an intoxicated driver on the road. It must be remembered, however, that all drivers are at risk when on the road with another vehicle operator who shows signs of impairment, especially if the impairment was caused by intoxication form alcohol. Any blood alcohol content over the legal limit can cause accidents and account for injuries and fatalities.

Dram Shop Laws

Contrary to popular belief, the driver responsible for an accident that was caused by drunk driving may not be the only one at fault for the collision that resulted from intoxicated driving. In addition, the bars, restaurants and other alcohol retailers could be held accountable for the injuries or death that resulted from a drunk driving accident. These laws are provisional, however, and require that the accident was caused by an intoxicated driver who came to be that way through the alcohol provided to them at the facility which is now being held partially responsible for the incident.

A civil lawsuit will be enacted in order to properly attend to cases involving dram shop allegations. Specifically, these laws allow for the victim of a DUI accident, or his / her family if the incident resulted in death for one or more of the victims involved, to take legal action against the alcohol vendor or retailer that supplied to drunk driver with alcohol. Dram Shop laws do not exclude the intoxicated individual from responsibility; rather, they divide the responsibility between two defendants – the intoxicated driver and the alcohol supplier.

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According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), an average of one out of every three traffic deaths results from a drunk driver. If you were injured or lost a loved one because of a drunk driver, you deserve compensation. You should not have to pay for any medical bills or property damage which resulted from the accident.

By filing a personal injury claim, you could receive compensation to cover lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Although filing a lawsuit will in no way make up for the loss of a loved one, it is still important that the individual is held accountable for what they have done. This could prevent them from ever getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking again.

Please, if you want to discuss your specific case, contact a drunk driving accident attorney from our team today!

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