Proving Alcohol Intoxication – St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer
At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C., we hold drunk drivers accountable. Let us help you obtain the maximum amount of compensation for your claim.
Thousands of car accident victims are injured or killed each year in Missouri due to drunk drivers. If you have been in a car accident with a drunk driver, you deserve to receive full compensation for your injuries and accident-related losses. While monetary compensation cannot erase your injuries or bring a loved one back, it can help alleviate the burden of expenses that ensue as a result.
At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C., we hold drunk drivers accountable for their actions. However, before a victim is able to recover compensation, it must be first proven that the other driver was, in fact, intoxicated while driving.
As experienced car accident lawyers in St. Louis, we work with a toxicology expert to gather evidence from police reports, the scene of the accident, and from witnesses.
Proving Driver Intoxication
One of the most obvious signs that a person is intoxicated is by how they look and act. If you are involved in an auto accident, you should take note of the other driver’s appearance if you are able. Some of the signs that a person is intoxicated are:
- Red or watery eyes
- Slurred speech
- Stumbling or swaying when they walk or stand
- Difficulty with balancing or standing in one place
- Not able to concentrate or listen
- Smelling of alcohol
- Difficulty remaining conscious
If it’s possible, try and make clear notes, or ask someone else to, regarding your observations. Gather as much information about the other driver as you can. If there are witnesses, get their information so that they may be able to be contacted and they can corroborate your account.
Police Reports and Test Results
When the police arrive upon the scene of a car accident, they will interview the drivers that were involved in the accident. An officer will typically be able to notice the signs of intoxication right away and may place the person under arrest. Evidence will be gathered to prove whether or not the person was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
A Breathalyzer test will likely be performed. In addition, a blood test may be done to check the blood alcohol content (BAC) of the driver. If it shows that the driver’s blood level is over the legal limit, this will be used as evidence of intoxication.
The police report is likely the most important document in a DUI or DWI conviction. It generally has enough information in it to justify the arrest and conviction of the driver.
Although the evidence in the police report is strong enough, the eye witnesses at the scene of the car accident are still important. Different amounts of alcohol affect people in different ways. So, additional evidence may be needed to prove that the driver was actually impaired during the time of the accident.
For instance, if the driver was drinking at a nightclub or bar, your lawyer may interview the the waitresses or bartenders to find out how much the driver had to drink. If an establishment won’t admit they served alcohol to someone who was drunk, credit card bills, receipts, and other documents can be used to prove how much the driver ordered.
Contact a St. Louis Auto Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one were hit by a drunk driver, contact our experienced car accident attorneys today. Let us help you obtain the maximum amount of compensation for your claim. While no amount of money will make things right, we can at least help you avoid further complications from your drunk driving accident.
Call us today at (314) 361-4242 or fill out our online contact form.