Drunk Driving Accident Attorney in St. Louis
Representing victims of drunk and impaired driving crashes in MO and IL
Driving under the influence is an egregious act that endangers everyone on the road. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s choice to get behind the wheel while impaired, you are entitled to seek justice so that you may heal both physically and financially. The process of recovering from serious injuries can be difficult on your own. Leave the rest to us.
If you or a loved one were harmed from the actions of an impaired driver, you may be unsure of where to start in the legal or insurance process. The Hayden Law Firm can help. We have the dedication, experience, and strategy to secure the compensation necessary to repair the harm you have suffered. Contact us today for a free, no-risk consultation. We serve the greater St. Louis area and Illinois.
How common are drunk driving accidents in Missouri?
Alcohol-related statistics depict a very sobering reality – we are exposed to drunk drivers all the time, whether we are aware of it or not. On average, two out of three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. Other statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MAAD) include:
- Every day, 800 people are injured in drunk driving crashes—that is an injury every two minutes across the U.S..
- Every day, 29 people die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver— that is one death every 50 minutes across the U.S..
- During one 10-year period, 3,314 people were killed in Missouri from crashes involving a drunk driver.
- From the same report, nearly two percent of Missourians report driving after drinking too much.
MADD reports that people drive drunk more than 300,000 times a day, but only about 2800 are arrested. Other statistics report that about one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders, which means that if they have done it once, they will likely do it again.
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What are Missouri’s drunk driving laws?
Missouri’s drunk driving laws are in line with most of the country – a driver is considered to be driving while intoxicated when driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. The criminal consequences are based on several factors, such as if the driver had prior DWIs, other driving-related convictions, and the severity of damages from the accident.
For the victim of a drunk driving accident, however, a criminal conviction may not be enough. Seeking financial compensation in the form of an injury claim can not only hold a reckless driver accountable, but potentially prevent them from committing this type of action in the future.
What are the dangers of drunk driving?
Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs has a wide variety of effects on a person’s ability to drive, including:
- Concentration problems
- Decline in ability to multi-task
- Difficulty steering properly
- Difficulty tracking moving targets, like vehicles, pedestrians, or bikes
- Impaired information processing
- Impaired perception
- Inability to control vehicle and speed
- Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately
- Reduced coordination
- Shortened response time to emergency situations
- Short-term memory loss
When someone knowingly gets behind the wheel while impaired, they are guilty of acting with negligence. Drunk drivers need to understand that actions have consequences. A drunk driving accident lawyer in St. Louis, MO can help hold them accountable.
What are typical injuries from drunk driving crashes?
The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion, from things like property damage, ongoing medical treatment, and hospital bills for injuries ranging from minor to catastrophic. These injuries can include:
We understand that every person’s injury and recovery is unique. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be entitled to seek damages for medical bills, current and future lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering. By taking the time to talk to you about your injuries and priorities, we are better able to craft an effective representation strategy that will help you get the compensation you need during this challenging time.
How much is my St. Louis drunk driving accident claim worth?
If you or a loved one were injured in a crash with a drunk driver, you may be eligible for compensation for your damages and losses, including:
- Lost wages, current and future
- Reduced earning capacity
- Medical expenses, current and future
- Mental or emotional distress
- Property damage
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation and therapy expenses
At The Hayden Law Firm, we work for the highest possible settlement, but we are also not afraid to go to trial to secure what is fair and what is right.
How can a St. Louis drunk driving accident injury attorney help me?
Impaired driving accidents involve an added layer of complexity. For example, in addition to a civil action you may file against the negligent party, the state is also very likely to press charges, which means that two separate legal proceedings may be occurring at the same time. It is important to remember that neither proceeding has a bearing on the other – for example, if the driver is found not guilty in court, it does not mean you cannot go forward with a civil action.
The Hayden Law Firm understands the interplay between civil and criminal proceedings and how to use it to our advantage. In many situations, your case is strengthened if the negligent party is convicted or pleads guilty to driving under the influence — but a drunk driving conviction does not immediately make them liable for your injuries. You must still prove fault, which is why you need The Hayden Law Firm on your side to craft a compelling case and secure a settlement that you find fair.
Contact our offices as soon as possible after your accident so we can get started on your case. A personal injury claim must meet time restrictions set forth under your state’s statute of limitations, which in Missouri is five years.
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St. Louis drunk driving crash attorney
Drunk driving accidents and collisions can be catastrophic or deadly. An attorney at The Hayden Law Firm can help when you are injured from another driver’s negligence. Please call our offices at 314-480-3100 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-risk consultation. We are based in St. Louis, Missouri, but our firm proudly serves clients throughout Missouri and Illinois.