Despite the decades of public awareness campaigns about the dangers of drinking and driving, drunk driving is a huge problem in Kansas and Missouri and throughout the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 30 people die in drunk-driving accidents every day. As the number of accidents caused by impaired drivers rises over time, so does the number of innocent victims who are tragically injured or worse by these irresponsible motorists.
If you or someone you know was hit by a drunk driver, you need answers to your important medical and legal questions now. Our local Kansas City team of experienced drunk driving attorneys can start answering your most important and immediate medical and legal questions right away.
Defining Drunk Driving in Missouri and Kansas
In both Kansas and Missouri, drunk driving is against the law. Under Missouri law, a driver can be convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) if his blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 percent or higher without any other evidence of intoxication. This is a misdemeanor offense with punishments that include a jail sentence, fine, and driver’s license suspension.
In Kansas, a person can be convicted of driving while under the influence (DUI) if he has a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher or if the consumption of alcohol makes him unable to safely drive a motor vehicle. Drunk driving is also a misdemeanor offense in Kansas. If convicted, a drunk driver faces similar penalties as in Missouri.
How Drunk Drivers Cause Tragic Accidents
Consuming even one or two drinks can affect a driver’s ability to drive safely. Reaction time, vision, muscle coordination, and judgment can be impaired if a driver is intoxicated. Here are some of the common ways people under the influence of alcohol cause collisions:
- Driving erratically
- Driving with the headlights off
- Driving when drowsy or falling asleep at the wheel
- Failing to see other cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians
- Driving too close to or tailgating a vehicle and causing a rear-end collision
- Veering out of their lane and causing a sideswipe or head-on collision
- Ignoring stop signs and traffic lights
- Driving in the opposite direction and causing a wrong-way crash
Injuries That Result From Drunk Driving Crashes
You can experience devastating and life-altering injuries in a drunk driving accident that require expensive, long-term medical treatments. You could be off work for months or longer while you recover from your injuries—if you're not permanently disabled. Common injuries caused by drunk driving crashes include:
- Traumatic brain injuries and other brain damage
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Broken bones and fractures
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Back, shoulder, and neck injuries
- Knee injuries
- Face, eye, and dental injuries
Compensation for Your DUI Accident Injuries in Kansas and Missouri
If you or a family member was hurt or killed in a drunk driving accident, it's important to identify the liable parties so you receive a proper financial settlement. Our skilled lawyers will conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of your crash and file claims with the insurance companies for all negligent drivers and other parties. Individuals who may be responsible for compensating you include:
Protect Your Legal Rights by Getting Answers to These Vital Questions
Like other drunk driving victims, this may be the first time you’ve ever been injured in a serious accident. you might not have been critically injured in a serious accident before. It can be confusing to file a claim or negotiate a settlement with the drunk driver’s insurance company. And since the insurance company’s main goal is to protect its bottom line, it may try to take advantage of you.
It's important to have a trusted legal advisor who can answer your immediate questions, provide you with direction, and help protect and pursue your claim. Here are just a few of the common questions we can answer to help you learn how to protect your legal rights:
- How are drunk driving accidents different from other car crashes?
- Is my civil case against a drunk driver dependent upon the outcome of the criminal case?
- How long do I have to file a drunk driving case?
- How does a DWI/DUI accident case work?
- Can a passenger in a car driven by an impaired motorist recover damages for accident injuries?
- Can I get compensation from a drunk driver if I was partly to blame for the crash?
- How can a lawyer help me after a crash with a drunk driver?
- What evidence will my lawyer use to prove my DWI/DUI accident case?
- Who can I sue for injury compensation after a drunk driving crash?
- How much is my drunk driving claim worth?
- What types of compensation am I entitled to from the impaired motorist?
- How long will it take to settle my drunk driving claim?
- How long should someone wait to drive a car if they’ve been drinking?
- What should I do if my loved one was killed in a drunk driving accident?
- Can I afford to hire a personal injury attorney for my DUI accident case?
Types of Compensation You Can Receive After a Drunk Driving Accident in Kansas or Missouri
A drunk driver who caused your or a loved one's car crash injuries or wrongful death is responsible for financial restitution under both Kansas and Missouri law. Types of compensation awarded in these cases include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death damages
- Punitive damages
YOU Are Our Number One Priority
The duty of an insurance adjuster isn't to represent your interests. Their job is to minimize the amount of money the company has to pay—even if it means you get less than you're entitled to. You don't have to fight the insurance carrier alone. Our experienced drunk driving lawyers have helped accident victims just like you, and we know the enormous difficulties presented by your situation. We want to see you get back on your feet after a serious injury and get the justice and compensation you deserve.
Download our free book, Don't Wreck Your Injury Claim, to start learning about drunk driving claims and how to avoid making mistakes that could hurt your case. You should also take advantage of our offer of a free consultation with a member of our legal team to discuss your accident, how we can help you, and our track record of success in these cases. Call our Kansas City office or start a live chat to schedule your appointment today.