While statistics show that the incidents of driving while intoxicated have declined, it is nevertheless still a chronic and pervasive problem in Missouri and the rest of the United States. Although actual fatalities resulting from drunk driving are down, Missouri still ranks 15th in the country for drunk driving related deaths. Some may think that the only penalty for drunk drivers is to be charged criminally for their actions, but there are additional options available. A personal injury civil lawsuit may be brought be anyone hurt by a drunk driver, or if your loved one was killed in a drunk driving accident. There is a way to find justice and peace of mind and at the same time try to send a message that these tragedies must stop.
At The Law Offices of Gretchen Myers, P.C., we take a stand against drunk driving and are here to help individuals suffering the consequences of these horrific circumstances seek justice. Call us at (314) 621-5454 to schedule your free initial consultation and discuss your case personally. You may also e-mail us and someone from the firm will be in touch with you within 24 hours.
Attorney Gretchen Myers has spent her life helping injury victims and families who have lost loved ones in crashes where, depending upon the state where the collision occurred, the liable party can be charged with:
- DUI - driving under the influence
- DWI - driving while intoxicated
- OWI - operating while impaired
- OVI - operating under the influence
In Missouri you are considered legally intoxicated with a BAC of .08 or higher. However, it is not necessary for any criminal charges to be brought for you to be able to pursue your own civil lawsuit against the drunk driver. If our investigation proves that the driver was drinking or impaired before the automobile collision occurred, we can present that as evidence to the jury. Depending upon the circumstances, a BAC as little as .01, or higher, might establish impaired driving.Truck Accidents
In cases where someone who is operating a truck is found to be drunk and caused a collision, that driver is held to a stricter standard. Federal trucking law prohibits truck drivers from having a BAC of .02 or higher. Many trucking companies have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to alcohol. Gretchen has extensive experience dealing with truck accident cases. If you need help, she is here to assist you in pursuing a personal injury action for your injuries or a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation for the death of a family member. Gretchen can also help you if you were involved in a car accident or motorcycle accident involving a drunk driver. She has handled cases where alcohol was an issue and has dealt with experts in the field, assessing the impact alcohol may have had on the driver. She knows how to properly evaluate a case to include all the damages relevant to your claim, for every type of injury. Sometimes there are issues of insurance coverage and in that instance, our knowledge of insurance law comes in handy. Gretchen knows how to ferret out all insurance available, including uninsured or underinsured coverage. In fact, some of the leading appellate opinions in the area of uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage resulted from cases where Gretchen advocated for her client and won.
In some personal injury claims and in some jurisdictions time may be a factor. Every cause of action has a statute of limitations which begins running immediately. What this means is that you have a limited amount of time to file in a court of law or be forever foreclosed from making a claim or going to court on your case. Please feel free to Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation to see how we can begin to help you immediately. We handle these types of cases on a contingency basis, which means we do not collect any fees unless we recover compensation for you.