St. Louis Drunk Driving Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
You Deserve Compensation to Help You Recover
The best and worst thing about riding a motorcycle is that you are riding out in the open. You can feel the air whooshing by, but in an accident, you are vulnerable without the frame of a car protecting you. That is why it is so infuriating when drivers put motorcyclists and anyone else on the road at risk by driving drunk.
At The Dixon Injury Firm, our drunk driving motorcycle accident attorneys in St. Louis can help you get the compensation you are owed. Call (314) 208-2808 today to learn more during a free case review.
Missouri Drunk Driving Laws
Missouri’s drunk driving law is in line with most of the country, holding that drivers are too drunk to drive if they have a blood alcohol content of .08% or more. A driver caught violating this rule is guilty of “Driving While Intoxicated,” known as a “DWI” for short. It is important to note that a blood alcohol level of .02% can have consequences too. Anyone convicted of operating a commercial vehicle with .04% alcohol in their blood can get two points assessed against their license and be disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle for a year. Minors can also be punished for having blood alcohol levels of just .02%.
The first DWI for a driver usually results in a suspended license for 90 days. The second offense will usually cause the driver to lose his or her license for a year, and if the second offense is within five years of the first offense that can result in a five-year suspension. A third offense will usually result in a driving ban lasting ten years. To say the least, the cost of driving drunk can be steep.
Imperfect People Can Collect From a Drunk Driver
Of course, the punishment handed out by the government is not the only reason that it is wrong to drive drunk. A motorcycle crash with a drunk driver is a horrible thing to see. Motorcycle riders are already at risk because they are harder for drivers to see than other cars. Drunk drivers will struggle even more to be safe around riders.
Sometimes a motorcycle rider (or the family of a deceased rider) that was hit by a drunk driver will be concerned that he or she was partially at fault. For example, if a motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and was killed by a drunk driver, then the drunk driver may try to place blame on the rider. In some states that could completely terminate the right of the motorcyclist or his or her family to recover for the accident. That is not the case in Missouri.
The Courts in our state follow a rule called “pure comparative fault.” That means the Court can apportion damages between two sides and the person more at fault will have to pay the other person even if the person getting paid was partially at fault. In the case of a rider not wearing a helmet, the court may say that the rider was probably going to die in the crash no matter what so not wearing a helmet only made the rider 10% at fault and the drunk driver should have to pay 90% of the damages caused by the accident. That said, it is always best to wear a helmet!
We Are Here to Help
The Dixon Injury Firm is one of the leading personal injury firms in the St. Louis, Missouri area. We focus entirely on helping wrongfully injured people and their families to get back to normal as much as possible. Drunk drivers are a particularly ugly part of our society, and Mr. Dixon is more than willing to evaluate your case at no cost to you. Our free case evaluations come with no obligation.
To begin, contact our firm today. One of our St. Louis drunk driving motorcycle accident lawyers will be in touch to help you better understand your case.