Drunk Driving Accidents
Nothing is more dangerous when driving on the road than a drunk driver. There is normally nothing you can do to avoid such a car accident, because a drunk driver is not operating a vehicle in a safe manner and will run a red light or sideswipe someone out of the blue. Often drunk drivers are not even aware that they have been involved in a car accident. You can suffer serious injuries including spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, disfigurement, scarring and other serious injuries or even wrongful death. A drunk driver will often be speeding, fail to follow traffic laws or simply drive erratically. The legal limit in both Missouri and Kansas for being considered DUI/DWI (Driving Under the Influence) is .08 The drunk driver’s alcohol level should be documented at the time of the accident. If at all possible, a police officer should be at the scene of this type of accident to record the blood alcohol level of the negligent party.
Many of these drunk driving cases are not nearly as simple as some attorneys may think. If the defendant was drinking, where did he get the alcohol? If he was at a bar and they continued to serve him alcohol when he was visibly intoxicated, the bar may also be negligent and liable. These cases are called Dram Shop cases and must be litigated aggressively. It should come as no surprise that the bartender will say he only drank a couple of drinks and did not appear drunk. However, the attorney should interview other patrons at the bar, speak to the police officer, and possibly work backwards from the blood alcohol content and hire a toxicologist to see exactly how much he had to drink to be as drunk as he was. Even if the drunk driver got the alcohol at a party, Social Host liability could be established. People can drink responsibly, but a drunk behind the wheel is a danger to all of us.
Having an experienced and knowledgeable Drunk Driving personal injury attorney can assist you in fully investigating and documenting your case so as to present strong evidence showing negligence on the part of the other driver. The attorneys at Carter Putnam, have personally experienced the effects of being involved in a serious car accident and know the heartache and hassles you must go through to attempt to obtain compensation from an insurance company. Don’t let this happen to you; rely on our skilled and competent staff to help you through this. Remember, if we don’t get a successful settlement for you, you don’t pay us a dime. Call 816.246.8881 for a free consultation.