Seeking Justice For Victims Of Drunk Driving Accidents
When people make the decision to drink and drive, they put themselves and everyone else on the road at risk of serious injury or even death. When drunk drivers cause accidents, not only do they have to answer to the law for the criminal offense, they must also answer to the victims who have suffered serious injuries because of their negligence.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver, you have the right to seek full and fair compensation for your losses. These are complex cases that require the attention of a dedicated lawyer who knows the law and has the ability to protect your interests.
We Will Help You Handle Your Claim And Recovery
At the law firm of Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we provide compassionate, results-oriented representation to victims who have been injured by drunk drivers. We understand how difficult it can be to face complex legal issues in the aftermath of a serious accident.
We will take care of the legal issues for you so you can focus on your recovery.
We will seek maximum compensation for your injuries that may include a head injury, neck injury, spinal cord injury, back injury, amputated appendage and internal organ damage. We will work hard to ensure that all of your current and future needs are considered.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be able to seek the following types of damages:
- Medical care, including rehabilitation and future care
- Assistive medical equipment
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Can I Seek Punitive Damages?
Generally speaking, punitive damages may be sought in drunk driving cases if it’s reasonable to assume that the offending driver knew their actions (i.e., driving while intoxicated) would have a high probability of resulting in an accident, injury or death. The purpose of punitive damages in a drunk driving case is to punish the offending driver with the hopes this will deter him or her from driving while intoxicated again in the future.
At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we understand the devastation that drunk drivers in Missouri can wreak on individuals and their families, which is why we seek punitive damages when possible. We don’t want other people to have to suffer because of someone else’s reckless decision to drink and drive.
Holding A Bar Or Restaurant Be At Fault
In Missouri, bars, restaurants and other venues that serve alcohol can be held liable for the injuries or wrongful death of a person if there is convincing evidence proving that the seller knowingly served a patron who was “visibly intoxicated.” By definition in the state statute, this means a person’s actions are visibly significantly uncoordinated because of their level of inebriation.
Retain Our Services — Get A Free Consultation
Contact our office to discuss your accident claim in private with one of our attorneys or paralegals. Initial consultations are always free and are available during regular business hours and by appointment at other times. You can reach our office in Lee’s Summit by calling 816-347-1818 or by sending us a message through our online contact form.