Missouri Auto Accidents involving a Drunk Driver

Krause & Kinsman has experienced car accident attorneys that offer understanding, guidance & positive results to those injured by drunk drivers in Missouri: 

Being victim to a drunk driver can certainly be traumatic- potentially causing both bodily and emotional damage, what may affect not only you, but also the lives of your loved ones.  A significantly high number of accidents occur on Missouri roads, due to drivers who refuse to behave responsibly behind the wheel.  In the year 2012 alone, there were reportedly 5256 alcohol related crashes in the state of Missouri; and 280 of them involved fatalities.  Whether you’re driving a vehicle that’s not-at-fault in a collision, or you’re a passenger, you deserve to take full advantage of protections and compensations under Missouri law.  An incident involving a substance-impaired driver will likely occur “out of the blue”; and though it may be impossible to predict when or where a drunk driver might strike, you can be prepared in terms of having the legal support and relevant knowledge and documentation necessary to overcome your misfortune.  The skilled and dedicated Krause & Kinsman attorneys of Missouri are ready to back you up.  We provide services and expertise that can enable you to get the most for your auto accident claim.  Don’t get mad, get quality legal representation.

How to protect your rights and get the recovery you deserve when injured due to a drunk driver:

Let the attorneys of Krause & Kinsman help you out during this trying time.  Additionally, there are some things to keep in mind concerning a DUI in Missouri.

Missouri enacted law in 2014, to address and lessen the negative impacts of intoxicated drivers (penalties implicit to which include ignition locks).    Felony charges may be brought against intoxicated drivers who are found responsible for taking another’s life.  If an opposing vehicle’s driver is found to have .08% or higher blood alcohol content (BAC), they’re operating a motor vehicle illegally.  Fines against inebriated drivers under the age of twenty-one are particularly severe.  In certain instances, one may be able to recover losses from an establishment that irresponsibly served intoxicants to a driver who from there caused damage to others.  If you (the “plaintiff” in any ensuing court case) are harmed by an intoxicated driver, you may be eligible to receive any resultantly necessary medical bill coverage, compensation for your lost wages or inability to perform domestic duties, and other expenses.  When a case against a drunk driver involves a death, the attorneys of Krause & Kinsman will strive for justice by way of filing a “wrongful death suit”.  You or your loved ones may be entitled to receive monies for the loss of your companion, for funeral services, and professional counseling for your bereavement.  Should there be punitive damages (- charges meant explicitly to punish drunk drivers at fault in a collision) available to you, our attorneys will seek the maximum so that these drivers will be compelled to cease their dangerously erroneous behavior.  If you have further questions about DUIs or a car accident you have been in as the result of a driver operating a vehicle under the influence in the State of Missouri, contact our office for a thorough explanation of the charge and what it could me to you. The statistics across the country are also compiled by MADD are also an excellent additional resource for gather information on the death and accidents associated with drunk driving.  http://www.madd.org/statistics

  • Prepare yourself.

Know your rights as a motorist.  Drunk driving is a crime whether an injurious accident results or not.  Neither drive while intoxicated, nor get in a car driven by an intoxicated driver.  Be always aware while driving; for example, don’t text- an especially important reminder if you’re under the age of twenty-one, because fines will incur to you if you do!

Being vigilant about your own driver and vehicular safety will increase your odds for escaping road injuries, despite the fact that other drivers on the roads you travel often don’t do the same.  Ensure driver’s ability to clearly see road conditions and other motorists or pedestrians.  If you’re a driver who needs glasses, wear them; also, maintain clean windshields, windows and rear-view mirrors.  Buckle seat belts.  Regularly check your tires’ inflation, brakes, and other mechanical/electrical workings of your vehicle(s).  Maintain safe distance behind other vehicles, as well as posted speed limits.  Stay awake and ready to adjust to any changing conditions.

Be sure to keep your auto-related records in your vehicle, as well as those stating any special medical needs or information you may have.  If your accident occurred in Missouri, also have on hand the contact information for a reputable auto accident attorney- like the ones at Krause & Kinsman.

  • After impact, immediately proceed in your best interests. 

First of all, call upon emergency services to assist you after an auto accident.  For Missouri Police Emergency Assistance, call:  1-800-525-555, or cellular *55.  You should also get a thorough medical examination as quickly as you can- even when injuries may not be at first apparent to you.  Give emergency responders all pertinent details of the accident and your injuries; write these down as soon as possible, for future reference- this will help police to record the most accurate accident report too.  Document witnesses’ accounts too.  You’ll need accurate and compelling records of your injurious accident in order for you case to prevail in court.  We strongly suggest that you DO NOT contact any insurance company at this point, as they may use any information you give them to try and give you a lower claim.  DO call the concerned legal practitioners of Krause & Kinsman as soon as possible, right there while you’re on the scene.  Having one of our attorneys on your side should immediately put you more at ease.   The experienced attorneys at Krause & Kinsman are not after just money or the prestige of prevailing in yet another case, but rather in your deserved compensation and peace of mind.

The regulations and steps to recovery applicable for those involved in drunk driver auto incidents may be difficult to fully comprehend; that’s good reason enough to rely on an experienced attorney to assist your trials and hardships.  For clarity and reassurance in such matters, call Krause & Kinsman.   We’ll set up an appointment to compassionately review your grievances and knowledgeably, capably advance through the Missouri legal system on behalf of your rights.   There’s no need for you or your loved ones to worry about injuries and complications arising from an event of victimization by an intoxicated, negligent driver because the experienced Kansas City, Missouri car accident attorneys at Krause & Kinsman in Missouri are here for you.

Adam Krause is a personal injury, mass tort, business litigation, and employment discrimination attorney who practices in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from  the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law and has been practicing law for several years now. Adam Krause has made a career of taking complicated litigation and presenting it in the most elementary terms for a jury of your peers to understand. Learn more about his experience here.

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