PROTECTING YOUR INTERESTS AFTER A ST. LOUIS DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENT

Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in St. Louis, MO

Drunk driving accident lawyer in St. Louis, MO. Attorney Amanda Hayden at The Hayden Law Firm wants to hold drunk drivers accountable.

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, you are entitled to seek justice so that you may heal both physically and mentally. Still, we know that the process of recovering can be difficult on your own. Leave the rest to us.

If you have been involved in an accident with an impaired driver, contact us or call a St. Louis personal injury lawyer at The Hayden Law Firm at (314) 480-3100 for a free, no-risk consultation. All of the cases that we take on are subject to a contingency fee, meaning you do not pay legal fees or other fees up-front.

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Alcohol-related statistics depict a sobering reality: we drive beside these negligent people every day of our lives, whether we know it or not. On average, two out of three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. This is not meant to frighten you, but to show you that life can be turned upside down in the blink of an eye.

Common Injuries in Drunk Driving Accidents

Furthermore, 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 life-altering injuries include:

  • Whiplash
  • Bodily injuries
  • Burns
  • Wrongful death
  • Bruising
  • Lacerations
  • Infections
  • Lost limbs
  • Concussions
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Paralysis

At The Hayden Law Firm, we believe that your injury is unique. While the outcome of every case may be different, a DUI accident lawyer in St. Louis truly understands that the resulting emotional and physical pain can last a lifetime. 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.

Missouri’s Drunk Driving Laws

Missouri’s drunk driving law is in line with most of the country: a driver is considered “Driving While Intoxicated” if they have a blood alcohol content of 0.8% or higher. No further proof is necessary to charge the driver with a DWI and 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.

Sometimes, a criminal conviction may not be enough though. People drive drunk more than 300,000 times each day, but only about 2,800 are arrested; this means that there are far too many people who make the decision to get behind the wheel while they are knowingly impaired. Worse, 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.

When you take a stand against someone who has driven drunk, you may be able to stop the pattern and prevent others from getting hurt in the future. Just because law enforcement can’t catch everyone who is driving drunk doesn’t mean people should get away with this kind of negligence.

Dangers of Drunk Driving

Everyone is aware of the dangers of drunk driving and the far-reaching impacts it can have. Not only are we all taught these effects at a young age when learning to drive, but we learn about them every day when watching the news and hearing about one drunk driving accident after the next.

Being impaired by an alcoholic substance or drug can have many impacts on a person’s ability to drive, including:

  • Difficulty tracking a moving target, such as another car on the road
  • Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately
  • Decline in ability to perform two tasks at once
  • Reduced coordination
  • Difficulty steering properly
  • Concentration issues
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Inability to control vehicle and speed
  • Impaired perception
  • Shortened information processing
  • Shortened response time to emergency situations

Because we are all aware of these effects, 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.


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Why You Need the Help of a Drunk Driving Accident Attorney

Drunk driving accidents involve an added layer of complexity. For example, in addition to the civil action you 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.

You need a St. Louis personal injury lawyer like Amanda Hayden who 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. Fault still needs to be proven, 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.

Throughout each separate legal process, we provide you with timely updates, honest insight, and detailed advice so that you can make the most informed decisions possible. Meanwhile, as you take the time you need to recover, we get to work obtaining evidence, such as the driver’s BAC level, the police report, road debris, witness testimony, and more. We leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice.

Get in Touch With a Personal Injury Lawyer in St. Louis Who Cares

Car accidents of all types are generally challenging to move on from, but when it involves a drunk driver, you might be feeling an array of emotions. You did not make the mistake and yet you are paying for it. We want to help you work through these emotions so that you can move on to a more financially-secure and positive chapter in life.

If you have suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact us or call a drunk driving accident lawyer in St. Louis, MO, at The Hayden Law Firm at (314) 480-3100 for a free, no-risk consultation.


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