Missouri Drunk Driving Accidents
Missouri drunk driving accidents are some of the most horrific accidents on Missouri roadways. The fact that you, a loved one or an acquaintance has been injured, or even killed, through the criminal conduct of another driver can be devastating. In an instant, entire lives are changed through the reckless conduct of a drunk driver. While Missouri has DWI laws in place to protect its citizens from drunk drivers, too many drivers on Missouri roadways ignore those laws. If you or someone you know has been injured by a drunk driver in the State of Missouri, the Law Office of John M. Cichelero, P.C. can help. For a free, no obligation consultation regarding your rights in Missouri call 314-205-2886.
MISSOURI DWI AND DUI STATISTICS
Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that about 1 in 3 people killed in car accidents in the United States involve a drunk driver. According to the CDC, between the years 2003 and 2012 there were 3,314 Missouri deaths involving car crashes with drunk drivers. The number of Missouri drivers who reported driving after drinking too much over the previous 30 days totaled 1.8%. The figure in Missouri is slightly below the national average of 1.9% of adults who reported driving a motor vehicle after drinking too much alcohol. While Missouri statistics in this respect are less than the national average, the rate of deaths caused by drunk drivers in Missouri is higher than the national average. More information on the CDC’s findings on drunk driving in Missouri can be found by clicking here.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol also keeps statistics for Missouri automobile accidents involving injury or death where alcohol was involved in a motor vehicle crash. In the year 2014, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 189 car crashes involving fatalities where alcohol was involved. The same statistics show 3,480 persons injured on Missouri roadways in 2014 where alcohol was involved in a car crash. For more statistics from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, click here.
WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS IN MISSOURI
It is illegal in Missouri to drive a car or truck on Missouri roadways with a BAC at or above 0.08%. There are even more stringent rules if the driver is under 21 years of age. A driver who breaks the law and drives drunk in Missouri will often be prosecuted for this crime. However, victims of these tragic accidents also have civil remedies that can be sought in Missouri courts.
A car driver, passenger or a pedestrian who suffers injuries through the actions of a drunk driver in Missouri has the right to file a Missouri lawsuit against the drunk driver. A Missouri personal injury attorney representing the victim of a drunk driving car accident will often file a lawsuit against the drunk driver to seek compensation for the damages suffered by the victim. These damages include the medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering of the accident victim. If the accident results in the death of the victim, a Missouri lawyer may file a wrongful death lawsuit under a Missouri statute to seek compensation from the drunk driver for the loss of services, consortium, companionship, comfort, instruction, guidance, counsel, training, and support suffered by the spouse or children of the victim.
In addition to seeking compensatory damages, a Missouri personal injury lawyer will often include a punitive damage count in the lawsuit against a drunk driver. Punitive damages are meant to punish a motor vehicle driver for their conduct and deter other Missouri drivers from driving drunk. If the drunk driving accident led to the death of the victim, the actions of driving while intoxicated may be an aggravating circumstance considered in any wrongful death claim.
FINDING LEGAL HELP IN MISSOURI
If you or someone you know has been injured by a drunk driver in the State of Missouri, the Law Office of John M. Cichelero, P.C. can help. Missouri attorney John Cichelero has been representing the victims of drunk driving accidents for over 25 years. His office, located in the St. Louis, Missouri suburb of Clayton, has successfully represented numerous drunk driving victims. Call 314-205-2886 or toll free 1-877-449-7325 for a FREE CONSULTATION regarding your legal rights.
The Law Office of John M. Cichelero, P.C. represents drunk driving victims throughout the State of Missouri, including communities in and around the following: St. Louis, Jefferson County, Franklin County, St. Francis County, Madison County and many other cities and counties in Missouri. All cases are handled on a No Fee if No Recovery basis.