Alcohol-related accidents and deaths continue to plague Missouri roadways

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Tougher laws on drunk driving may have helped make Missouri roadways safer, but drunk driving accidents are far from a thing of the past. Every day, people traveling Missouri highways continue to sustain serious injuries and die at the hands of drunk drivers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Missouri is among the top ten states with the most drunk driving fatalities. Between 2003 and 2012, 3,314 people were killed in Missouri in alcohol-related traffic accidents. The number of fatalities in recent years has decreased, but the numbers still remain high. In 2014, a third of all auto accident fatalities in Missouri were alcohol-related.

Even more people suffer serious injuries in Missouri DUI crashes. Data from the Missouri Department of Transportation revealed that 2,448 people sustained serious injuries in alcohol and drug-related accidents between 2012 and 2014.

The best way to avoid a drunk driving accident is to stay alert, especially at night, when most drunk driving accidents happen. Even with these precautions, you could still get hit by a drunk driver.

What to do if you are injured in a drunk driving accident

If you are injured or you lose a family member in an accident caused by a drunk driver it is important to get a copy of the police report. The police report will have a detailed record of who was involved, plus a record of the driver’s blood alcohol level. The police report is critical evidence that you may need when trying to recover compensation.

Consider retaining a lawyer right away. A personal injury lawyer advocates for you with the insurance companies to see that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses .

The choice of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertising.