Drunk Driving Accidents in Missouri

Drunk Driving accident

Every day, about 28 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes. That’s one person every 52 minutes. In 2019, there were 10,142 deaths from drunk-driving crashes.

Source: NHTSA

What Happens to Drunk Drivers?

In Missouri, it is against the law to drive while under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. You can be convicted of driving while intoxicated if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% or higher. No other evidence of intoxication is needed. Drunk drivers can face criminal penalties that may consist of jail time and stiff fines.

The higher the BAC and the number of previous convictions, the stiffer the penalties faced.

In addition, if anyone in an accident with a drunk driver was seriously injured or killed, the drunk driver may be facing civil lawsuits as well.


Alcohol Leads to Impaired Driving

Alcohol affects one’s ability to drive safely. Your reaction time can be much slower, your vision impaired and you may lack muscle coordination. Drunk drivers:

  • Sobriety test for impaired driver.

    Drive erratically

  • Drive when drowsy or even fall asleep at the wheel
  • Fail to see other vehicles
  • Cause rear-end collisions by tailgating vehicles in front of them
  • Sideswipe other cars when they veer out of their lane
  • Ignore traffic signs and signals
  • Cause wrong-way crashes or head-on collisions

The NHTSA website shows a chart with the BAC, typical effects and predictable effects on driving.

In an Accident with a Drunk Driver?

You or your passengers may have suffered serious, even life-threatening, injuries ranging from traumatic brain injuries to spinal cord injuries, broken bones, organ damage, burns, disfigurement, paralysis, and the list goes on.

Many in this situation may be suffering from grief, shock or just not know how to go about pursuing a personal injury claim against the drunk driver. This is where a personal injury law firm, like Nash & Franciskato, can step in and take over.

We will help you gather evidence, investigate your legal options, and answer questions such as:

  • Are drunk driving accidents different from other car accidents?
  • Is my civil case dependent upon the outcome of the driver’s criminal case?
  • What if I was partly to blame for the accident?
  • What evidence will be needed?

We are your trusted legal advisor who will provide direction and ensure you get compensated fairly for your injuries.

Questions? Call us at (877) 284-6600.


If you have been seriously injured in a car or truck accident, call Nash & Franciskato at (877) 284-6600. We have a successful track record helping accident victims collect the compensation they deserve.

In the Kansas City area and across Missouri, the Nash & Franciskato Law Firm will fight for your rights. Contact our legal team today at (877) 284-6600. One of our experienced staff will speak with you personally and will provide you with a free, no-obligation case evaluation.



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