Driving under the influence of alcohol is incredibly dangerous, but unfortunately many drivers choose to drink and drive anyway. Every year, millions of people drive while intoxicated, causing thousands of injuries and deaths. A recent local drunk driving accident has served as a reminder to St. Louis residents of the dangers that come with drinking and driving.
Chesterfield Police responded to a drunk driving accident last month in which two people were severely injured. Police believe the drunk driver hit a guardrail and then collided with another car before coming to a stop. The drunk driver’s passenger suffered life-threatening injuries and the innocent driver also sustained serious injuries.
This unfortunate accident is only one of many that occur in St. Louis and around the country each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one million drivers are arrested each year for drunk driving, but this only accounts for 1% of all self-reported episodes of drunk driving.
Drunk Driving Puts Everyone At Risk
One-third of all traffic accident fatalities involve a drunk driver, but drunk driving isn’t just dangerous for the intoxicated driver. Many drivers rarely think of others before they get behind the wheel, but the reality is that thousands of innocent people die each year as the result of drunk driving accidents. Drunk driving is a criminal offense punishable by jail time, but a criminal case does little for the victims of drunk driving accidents and their families.
Seeking Justice After A Drunk Driving Accident
The annual cost of alcohol related traffic accidents exceeds $44 billion. Tragically, much of this expense is passed on to the victims and their families. However, victims do not need to take on this financial burden alone. By filing a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver, victims and their families can seek compensation for any injuries sustained, the cost of medical treatment, property damage to vehicles, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and in the case of fatalities, funeral expenses. No amount of money can undo the damage caused by a drunk driving accident, but recovering compensation can ensure victims don’t have to suffer the weight of the financial cost of the accident.
Get Help With Your Drunk Driving Accident Today
At The Glisson Law Firm, we fiercely advocate for our drunk driving accident clients because we understand how challenging these accidents can be for victims. If you were injured in a St. Louis drunk driving accident, don’t wait to call us. We can analyze your situation and aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf. There is no upfront cost for working with us. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation.