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.
Call for your
free case evaluation today! 60+ years of collective experience working for you.
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
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.
Talk to a West Plains accident lawyer today!
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!