Drunk Driver Accident Lawyers | St. Louis
People who drive drunk and cause an accident face both criminal and civil charges for their actions. Criminal penalties can include fines, jail time, court-mandated treatment programs and incarceration.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 17,500 people die each year in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents. Thousands more are injured, and the costs for these accidents is staggering – over $100 billion in monetary and quality-of-life losses. If you or a loved one is a victim of a drunk-driving accident, call us today for free advice at 314-252-9937.
Drunk Driving: Victims and Death
Drunk driving is a serious criminal offense which imperils millions of innocent motorists and pedestrians every day. Victims of a drunk -driving crash often face serious injuries and fatalities or the prospect of living disabled. Unfortunately, first time offenders rarely wind up in prison.
Civil suits are necessary to hold the drunk driver truly responsible for the damages caused. These damages include medical bills, property damage and lost wages. If the accident resulted in a fatality, the family of the deceased may bring a wrongful death suit.
Civil suits are necessary to hold the drunk driver truly responsible for the damages caused.
Drunk Driving Claims: Third Parties
In some cases, the victim of a drunk-driving accident or his or her family may name third parties in a lawsuit.
This can include the business that sold the alcohol to the driver, such as a bar, tavern or restaurant. In Missouri, this is known as Dram Shop liability. It allows innocent third parties to sue alcohol vendors who provided alcohol to someone who subsequently causes injury in a drunk-driving accident. Missouri law does not allow a drunk driver or his family to sue for injuries to the drunk driver, however.
In some limited situations, an employer may be held liable for the actions of an intoxicated employee. These cases typically involve consumption anmake d distribution of alcohol at work-related events. Other times, an employee who is drunk while working, such as a truck driver, may make his employer liable.
We represent DUI accident victims on a contingency basis so you will pay nothing unless we win compensation for you. To speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer, please contact us today at 314-A-LAWYER (252-9937) today to arrange a free evaluation.
About the author, S.E. Farris
Spencer Farris is a personal injury lawyer at The S.E. Farris Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri. See his profile on Google+