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.

Have You Been Injured By A Drunk Driver?

If you've been injured by a drunk driver you need to speak with an experienced drunk driving victim attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.