EXPERIENCED ST. LOUIS DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
If you have been involved in a Missouri car accident involving a drunk driver, it is likely that you are both angry at the reckless and illegal conduct of the driver that caused your injury and trying to get your life back together at the same time. You may have serious injuries, mounting medical bills and are unable to work. This is an unfortunate situation for any accident victim, but when drunk driving is the cause of such misfortune, it causes even more anxiety. Missouri drunk driving (DWI) accident lawyer Robert Strauss has represented numerous clients injured at the hands of drunk drivers. For a free consultation regarding your rights contact Attorney Robert Strauss toll free at (800) 991-8688.
According to statistics compiled by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 10,839 people will be killed this year in drunk driving accidents nationwide. One in three people will be involved in an alcohol related car crash in their lifetime. Drunk driving is so prevalent, that every minute of the day one person is injured in an alcohol related car accident. The statistics are even more telling for teenagers. Car wrecks are the leading cause of death among teenagers. One out of every 3 car accidents involving a teen death is alcohol related. For more statistical information compiled by MADD click here.
Drunk driving accidents cause numerous injuries and deaths every year on Missouri’s roadways. According to statistics published by the Missouri Highway Patrol, there were over 7,500 first time DWI offenses in Missouri in 2009. For more DWI statistics in Missouri click here.
PURSUING YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
Drunk driving is a crime. Like any crime, DWI and DUI offenses carry criminal penalties. Those who are injured or have had a loved one killed by a drunk driver also have civil rights in Missouri courts. Missouri lawsuits against drunk drivers may have some similarities to other Missouri personal injury claims. The conduct of drunk driving may be one of the allegations of negligence alleged in causing an auto accident and the resulting injuries or wrongful death. However, Missouri law may also provide for enhanced damages when conduct like drunk driving is an issue in a car accident. Missouri lawyers will frequently include a punitive damage count in a Missouri lawsuit filed against a drunk driver for causing a car accident. Punitive damages are designed to punish a defendant for certain conduct and to deter the defendant and others from engaging in similar conduct in the future.
FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION
If you have been injured in a car accident at the hands of a drunk driver or you have had a loved one killed by a drunk driver, contact attorney Robert A. Strauss. Your personal injury or wrongful death claim will be handled on a No Fee if No Recovery basis. Robert A. Strauss has been in practice for 25 years. If you would like to discuss your claim with Mr. Strauss, please email or call toll-free at (800) 991-8688.
Mr. Strauss serves clients from the areas of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles, Warren County, Jefferson County, Franklin County, St. Francois County, Washington County, Lincoln County and Madison County. These include the cities of St. Louis, St. Charles, O’Fallon, St. Peters, Troy, Union, Hillsboro, Festus, Bonne Terre, Park Hills, Farmington, Fredericktown and many other cities and towns in Eastern Missouri.