Kansas City car accident attorneys know that drunk driving is an all-too-common problem on Missouri highways. It's not just an irresponsible choice - it's a criminal act. The decision to drive while intoxicated often causes tragedy for everyone concerned: the driver, their passengers, and those innocent passersby who are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Statistics show that approximately 30% of Americans will become the victims of drunk driving accidents at some point in their lives. Appallingly, many of these 100% preventable accidents result in injuries and fatalities.
Such was the case recently in Jackson County. On November 18, Kansas City resident Nathaniel K. Williams, age 29, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and driving with a revoked license. The changes are all connected to an single-car accident early Thursday morning, November 17, which resulted in the death of his passenger, Jason T. Nelson.
The accident occurred near the intersection of 25th and Walrond Avenue at around 2:00 am. Another passenger, who escaped with minor injuries, told police that prior to the collision, he was afraid because Williams was driving erratically, speeding and swerving. By Williams' account, he blacked out while behind the wheel, and his vehicle struck a wooden street light pole, splitting it in half. Nelson, who was riding in the front seat, was killed.
When police arrived at the scene, Williams admitted that within the hour before the collision, he had consumed three cups of vodka. A preliminary report showed that Williams' blood-alcohol content tested at .11, which is above the legal limit of .08. He is currently being held on $250,000 bond.
If you or a loved one are injured, disabled or killed in an auto accident involving a drunk driver, it's important to have an attorney help you understand your rights. In these cases, it's especially urgent to consult a lawyer who is familiar with Missouri drunk driving claims. Since drunk driving is a criminal offense in Missouri, it's likely that the local prosecutor will also bring criminal charges, as in the case against Williams.
Naturally, victims of these accidents usually have lots of questions about what they're entitled to, and how to handle the process, including the following:
- Who will pay my medical bills (including prescriptions, therapy, rehab, extended treatment or equipment)?
- Who will pay for the damage to my car? What if my car needs to be replaced?
- What about my missed work?
- What do I say if I'm contacted by the driver's attorney or insurance company?
- What if the driver who hit me is in jail for DWI? Will he or she still have to be responsible for my injuries and damages?
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