[cbc_video id=”10369″ volume=”30″ width=”350″ aspect_ratio=”16×9″ autoplay=”0″ controls=”1″]Every day, people in Missouri and Illinois get in their cars and trucks to go to work, to school or to run an errand. Without warning, occupants in vehicles become DUI victims when their paths cross with a drunk driver. As a DUI victim, you may have serious injuries requiring weeks of recovery, or even catastrophic injuries that will last a lifetime.
At The Cagle Law Firm, we will evaluate your car accident at no charge and explain your legal options as a DUI victim. It is your legal right to seek monetary compensation for injuries suffered in a crash caused by an alcohol-impaired or drug impaired driver. The DUI victim assistance lawyers at The Cagle Law Firm are ready to help you recover fully from a serious car accident caused by a drunk driver.
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We represent DUI victims in St. Louis and the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, including the Missouri and southern Illinois communities of Ballwin, Belleville, Chesterfield, Collinsville, East St. Louis, Edwardsville, Kirkwood, Mehlville, Oakville and University City, Arnold, Columbia, Florissant, O’Fallon, St. Charles, St. Peters and Wildwood. No matter where you are located in Missouri or Illinois, the skilled personal injury lawyers at The Cagle Law Firm are committed to providing exemplary legal representation.
Drunk Driving Accidents and DUI Victims in St. Louis, Missouri
According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, 205 people were killed, 2,424 were seriously injured in alcohol related crashes and 3,480 people sustained minor injuries in traffic accidents involving a drunk driver in 2014. In Illinois during 2013 (most recent data), 991 people in crashes and about 39% (roughly 386) were alcohol-related crashes and more than 38,822 drivers were arrested for DUI in 2013, according to the Illinois Secretary of State . Nationwide, a third of all traffic fatalities in 2009 involved an alcohol-impaired driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The DUI victims often are innocent people who had the misfortune of being hit by an impaired driver.
The risk of being hit by a drunk driver and becoming a DUI victim is much higher at certain times of the day. According to federal data, nearly half of the fatal traffic accidents occurring from 9 p.m. until midnight involve an alcohol-impaired driver. The percentage of traffic fatalities involving alcohol peaks at more than 60 percent between midnight at 3 a.m. when bars close and a higher percentage of drivers on the road are drunk drivers. Nationally, in 2014, there was an average of 1 alcohol related fatality every 53 minutes.
A driver whose blood alcohol concentration is above the legal limit of .08 percent will be criminally prosecuted for driving while impaired in Missouri and Illinois. But DUI victims who are injured by an alcohol-impaired driver also can file a separate civil lawsuit to recover monetary compensation for injuries and damages in the accident from the drunk driver and their insurance company.
To learn more about the legal rights of a DUI victim, contact a committed and experienced DUI victim’s advocate attorney at The Cagle Law Firm. Call for a free consultation toll free 1.800.685.3302, locally 314.276.1681.