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According to the NHTSA, every day, about 32 people die in drunk driving crashes – that’s one person every 45 minutes. The worst part about a drunk driving accident is that it is preventable. So, what do you do when you’re in an accident where the other driver is driving drunk? Use these basic drunk driving FAQs to help you and call us to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
A civil action is a lawsuit filed by a private person, not the government, against another private person. In general, the lawsuit seeks monetary damages for injury or loss that the party suing (the plaintiff) alleges the party sued (defendant) caused. In other words, in a car accident case, the lawsuit would be filed by the person injured in the vehicle accident against the driver of the vehicle who caused the accident.
A criminal action is prosecuted by the government of an individual for violating a provision of the criminal code.
To receive compensation for your injuries from a drunk driving accident, you would file a case in civil court.
Drivers are considered alcohol-impaired by law if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. In addition, Missouri follows a “zero tolerance” policy. This means that drivers under the age of 21 are considered legally drunk when their blood alcohol level is 0.02% or higher.
Some of the most common include:
If the drunk driver is determined to be at-fault, their insurance should be responsible for your damages no matter if the accident was caused by the driver being intoxicated or not.
You should know that Missouri’s law requires juries to determine the percentages of fault for anyone involved in an auto accident, even if the other driver is drunk.
The at-fault party can be responsible for various types of civil damages which include past and future medical bills, lost wages, lost earnings capacity, and past and future pain and suffering.
Punitive damages may sometimes apply in drunk driving accidents. These damages punish the drunk driver for his or her reckless conduct; however, your attorney can help determine whether you may be able to receive punitive damages.
Questions? Call us at (877) 284-6600.
There is no set in stone formula for calculating how much a car accident claim is worth. Your case will depend on the specifics of your situation; however, there are many factors that will be looked at, such as:
You must file suit before the statute of limitations deadline. In general, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim relating to a drunk driving accident is five years from the time of injury in Missouri. Your personal injury attorney will ensure you file your claim before the applicable statute of limitations expires.
Missouri has what is called a dram shop law. Under this you, the injured party, may have the right to file suit against a bartender or restaurant owner if the driver was visibly drunk when leaving the restaurant’s premises or provided alcohol to someone under 21 years of age.
Please know, you are not required to hire an attorney; however, it is advisable for many reasons.
Our legal team has decades of experience managing the claims process. We will work closely with you, providing a caring, supportive environment every step of the way so that you have the time to recover and heal.
We will evaluate your case and may take actions such as:
Our attorneys will handle the insurance companies and help you obtain a fair settlement offer. There are many tactics they use to minimize the amount they pay for claims. For instance, insurance companies may take advantage of someone without an attorney and make a lowball settlement offer.
Have you been seriously injured in car accident with a drunk driver? Call Nash & Franciskato at (877) 284-6600. We have a successful track record helping accident victims collect the compensation they deserve. One of our experienced staff will speak with you personally and will provide you with a free, no-obligation review of your case.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published May 28, 2021. It was reviewed on December26, 2022 and updated for content and accuracy.