Any car accident has the potential to result in serious injuries or fatalities. That distinction is not limited to drunk driving crashes. Yet, Independence drunk driving crashes are different from other types of Independence car accidents. Find out why and what you should do if you are injured by a drunk driver in Independence or elsewhere in Missouri or Kansas.
What Makes Drunk Driving Accidents Different
Currently, a drunk driver is defined in Missouri, Kansas, and the rest of the United States as a driver who has a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a BAC of 0.08% has the following typical effects on a driver:
- Poor muscle coordination. Things such as speech, balance, vision, hearing, and reaction time may be affected.
- Difficulty detecting danger. A person with a BAC of 0.08% may not detect danger in the same way as a sober person.
- Impairment of judgment, self-control, reasoning, and memory. This can result in a driver who has problems concentrating, controlling his speed, processing information, and who has other difficulties.
Of course, the problems associated with drinking and driving can start before a person is legally drunk. According to MADD, a BAC as low as 0.02% can have an effect on a driver’s ability to drive safely.
Call an Experienced Independence Drunk Driving Lawyer if You’ve Been Hurt
If a drunk driver has hurt you in Independence, Kansas City, or elsewhere in Missouri or Kansas, then the investigation of your case may be different from that of another type of accident case. Your recovery may be dependent on the adequate investigation and presentation of your case.
An experienced Kansas City auto accident lawyer will fight hard to help you get the fair recovery that you deserve. For more information, we encourage you to contact us today for a FREE consultation. We can be reached via this website or by calling (816) 471- 5111 or (888) 348-2616. We also encourage you to find out more about your rights by reading our FREE book, Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim.