Alcohol is involved in many car accidents in Missouri

| Dec 6, 2018 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

There are a number of reasons that car accidents occur in Missouri. Some reasons are out of the control of the driver such as when there is bad weather. However, most of the time the accidents are due to the drivers making mistakes. This could be that a driver ran a stop sign or stop light, did not look before changing lanes, were distracted on their phones or other things, speeding or one of the most dangerous reasons, driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Now that the holiday season is here, there are many parties and gatherings that people will be attending and often times these events involve alcohol. So, it is extra important during this season to ensure that people do not drive drunk. There are many accidents when alcohol is involved. The statistics show that the number of accidents has been going down throughout the years, but in 2014 there were still a large number of accidents. There were 189 fatal accidents and 2,424 accidents in which people were injured.

In those accidents, a total of 205 people died and 3,480 people were injured. These deaths and injuries can be very traumatic to the victims and their families. They can completely change people’s lives. They can also be very costly for them as well. Medical bills can add up quickly and depending on the severity of the injury can last for a long time throughout rehabilitation. The victims may also lose income if they cannot work while they recover. However, the victims may also be entitled to compensation from the drunk driver who caused the accident.

There are many people who drink alcohol in Missouri and for the most part there is no harm in doing so. However, the choices people make while under the influence, such as driving, can be dangerous. Unfortunately many people are injured each year in accidents involving alcohol. The victims of these accidents may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Experienced attorneys understand how devastating car accidents can be and may be a useful resource.