DUI Accident Injury Attorneys in St. Louis, Missouri
At The Gogel Law Firm, our DUI accident lawyers in St. Louis skillfully represent clients whose lives have been changed after being injured in a collision caused by a drunk driver.
Although driving while impaired is illegal, thousands of people under the influence of alcohol or drugs continue to get behind the wheel each day throughout the U.S., Missouri, and St. Louis. When they do, others who share the roadways are in severe jeopardy of being hurt or killed by their negligent actions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that last year alone, over 10,000 people lost their lives in DUI accidents across the country. That is more than 30 deaths each day.
In Missouri, DUI accidents killed 235 people last year and injured nearly 3,500 more.
Our St. Louis DUI accident attorney and law firm founder, Jeremy A. Gogel, knows first-hand how important it is to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions.
Formerly an insurance defense lawyer, our attorney is passionate about standing up for injury victims, so they can confidently pursue the financial compensation they deserve from insurance companies in order to return to the quality of life they enjoyed before their DUI accident occurred. We will fight for your rights too, beginning with a free consultation.
When is a Driver Considered Legally Intoxicated in Missouri?
When drivers are stopped for traffic violations or at sobriety checkpoints throughout Missouri, their Blood Alcohol Content, or BAC, will dictate whether he or she is legally intoxicated.
Last year, according to Responsibility.org, nearly 12,000 people were arrested for driving under the influence in Missouri.
Drivers are considered legally intoxicated in Missouri when their BAC is:
- .08 for non-commercial vehicle drivers ages 21 and over
- .04 for commercial vehicle drivers
- .02 for all drivers under the age of 21
Unfortunately, no one is immune to the consequences of sharing our roadways with intoxicated drivers, as pedestrians, bicyclists, and car, truck, and SUV drivers are all at risk when drunk or drugged drivers get behind the wheel.
If you have been injured in a collision with an impaired driver, contact our DUI accident attorneys in St. Louis today to learn about your legal rights and options to hold the negligent driver accountable for the financial compensation you need to fully address your injuries and how they have affected your livelihood.
Isn’t Driving Under the Influence a Criminal Act in Missouri?
Yes. Driving under the influence is a criminal act in Missouri. So is causing an automobile accident while intoxicated.
While criminal charges or convictions often result from these accidents, our DUI accident injury attorneys will pursue your case as a civil matter, leaving the criminal consequences to the Circuit Attorney’s office.
What does that mean, exactly?
At The Gogel Law Firm, our DUI attorneys in St. Louis will pursue the drunk driver who caused your accident and injuries for the financial recovery you are entitled to because of their negligence.
Our case will be handled in civil court, separate from the criminal proceedings, however, we may use their conviction — when applicable — to strengthen our case against the driver’s insurance company, which will give us the leverage we need to negotiate the best outcome available for your accident and injury circumstances.
What Type of Compensation Can I Pursue After Being Injured by a Drunk Driver in St. Louis, Missouri?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported the approximate costs of drunk driving accidents on society each year at $44 billion.
Each one of our clients who are injured by an impaired driver shares in those losses, as their DUI accidents can change their lives and devastate their finances.
At The Gogel Law Firm, our DUI accident attorneys in St. Louis will pursue the financial compensation each of our clients deserves for their unique injury circumstances, which may include:
- Current and future medical expenses, including emergency costs, doctor’s appointments, surgical requirements, medical supplies, prescriptions, rehabilitation, and therapy expenses
- Current and future lost wages, including diminished future working capacity
- Temporary or permanent disability costs
- Property damage
When applicable, our St. Louis DUI accident injury attorneys may also seek punitive damages which are designed to punish the negligent driver for their conduct and to deter them and others from engaging in similar behavior in the future.
Have You lost a Loved One in a Drunk Driving Accident in St. Louis, Missouri?
When someone is killed in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, their eligible surviving family members may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party’s insurance company to pursue the financial recovery they are entitled to.
While each family’s recoverable damages are unique, the compensation options may include funeral and burial expenses, lost income and benefits the deceased would have contributed to the household, and the loss of care and consortium once provided by the family’s lost loved one.
If you have lost a loved one in a DUI accident in St. Louis, contact our St. Louis wrongful death attorney today to learn how we can help you hold the negligent party liable for your tragic loss.
Contact Our Experienced DUI Accident Lawyers in St. Louis at the Gogel Law Firm Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have been hurt in an accident or have lost a loved one in a collision with a drunk driver, contact our experienced DUI accident attorneys in St. Louis, Missouri by calling (314) 775-3864 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions for Our DUI Accident Attorneys in St. Louis, Missouri
What is the Statute of Limitations to File a DUI Accident Injury Claim in Missouri?
A personal injury claim must be filed against the negligent party within five years from the date the injury occurred, unless you could not possibly have been unaware of the injury before that time, then the five-year period begins upon the discovery of the injury.
Which Family Members are Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Claim in St. Louis, Missouri?
In Missouri, the following family members may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim after losing their loved one in an accident caused by a negligent driver. In order, they include spouses, children, and parents; siblings; or a court-appointed person.
What if the Driver Was Not Convicted of a DUI? Do I Still Have a Civil Case?
Yes. Your DUI accident with injuries civil case may proceed separately from the criminal case, as they two are, indeed, separate. Our DUI accident attorneys in St. Louis will begin building your case based on the facts of the collision, including the appearance of the driver and any breathalyzer readings recorded in the accident and/or arrest reports.
What if the Drunk Driver’s Insurance Company Demands I Sign a Release Before Seeking Medical Care?
Never sign any document provided by the negligent party’s insurance company without an experienced DUI accident attorney by your side. In fact, do not speak with the insurance company at all until you have had the opportunity to partner with an attorney. Their only goal is to get you to take a settlement that is much lower than you will need to recover, so they can close your claim with the least amount of damages.
What if the Drunk Driver Who Caused My Injuries Does Not Have Insurance?
All Missouri drivers must carry uninsured motorist coverage, with minimums of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident. If the driver who hit you does not have insurance coverage, we may pursue your insurance company for the damages necessary to make you whole again.