At Kansas City Accident injury Attorneys, we know it is impossible to eliminate drunk drivers from the road completely. But hopefully stiffer punishments will begin to deter potential drunk drivers. Most people think a DUI is the worst that could happen. But that's nothing compared to what you could be facing if you cause an injury accident.
Six people were severely injured in a two-car drunk driving accident when the two cars collided at 130th Street and Madison Avenue in East Harlem, New York. According to police reports, a vehicle traveling north on Madison Avenue ran a red light and hit another vehicle traveling east on 130th street. The driver of the car that was struck, 31 year old Rousell Martinez, has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), following the drunk driving accident.
If you think you can drive drunk in Missouri, tough new laws have stiffer penalties are being handed out. Not only are the penalties harsher for drunk drivers, but the state is also going to maintain a central data base available to law enforcement agencies and judges to ensure drunk drivers with multiple arrests don't slip through the cracks. Additionally, there are also tough penalties for first time offenders that correlate to the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of the driver.
Victims of drunk driving accidents are often completely innocent bystanders that just happen to be in the wrong place, at the wrong time. As Kansas City Auto Accident and Injury Lawyers, the devastation that can be caused to the victims and their families is shocking. Take a look at our article, "DUI Accidents in Kansas City" to see just how awful the local statistics are for drunk driving in Kansas and Missouri.
In addition to accident-related damages such as medical bills, medical treatment, lost wages and pain and suffering, the law allows victims of drunk driving accidents to seek punitive damages. Punitive damages are damages designed to discourage bad behavior and are awarded in cases where someone shows a reckless disregard for the safety of others and deliberately endangers the public. Drunk driving is such a reckless behavior.
So what is the answer to avoid all of this? Don't drink and drive. Let's keep our Kansas City roads safe!
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury in an auto accident in Kansas or Missouri, call our experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys. With over 15 years of experience in Auto Injury Accident cases, we want to help you and your family through this difficult time.
Contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys today to set up a free consultation to discuss your case. We want you to know your rights as a victim of serious injury in a drunk driving accident.