Drunk Driver Accidents

Springfield, MO Drunk Driver Accident Attorneys

Impaired drivers killed close to 10,000 people and injured tens of thousands more nationwide in 2014 alone. In fact, drunk driving accounts for nearly one-third of all traffic deaths in the United States. Accidents caused by impaired driving are tragically devastating yet entirely avoidable. 

Saddened by this needless suffering, our team at Bishop & Hayes is committed to assisting victims in seeking justice against drunk drivers.

We understand the profound impact such events can have on your life, causing not only physical harm but emotional trauma and financial stress as well. Though seeking justice and compensation following an accident can seem intimidating, our partners are prepared to guide you through every step of the legal process. 

If you or a loved one has sustained an injury due to an accident involving a drunk driver, know that we stand ready to assist you. Our team can build a compelling case on your behalf, with the goal of obtaining just compensation for your injuries and losses. 

Together, we can confront this challenge and work toward recovery.

Call (417) 785-3410 to schedule a free initial case consultation with a drunk driving attorney in Springfield today.

Criminal Versus Civil Justice

Upon arrest, a drunk driver is liable under criminal and civil laws. Therefore, as the victim, you will likely be simultaneously involved in proceedings in both courts. 
The defendant faces incarceration, probation, driver's license suspension, and fines if convicted in criminal court. The judge might also mandate restitution, although it is seldom adequate to offset the significant harm inflicted by the intoxicated driver.

In order to recover damages, you need to negotiate with your insurance company and file a claim in civil court. Your damages potential is much higher in a DUI case than other types of vehicular injury claims because you are entitled to punitive damages. 

Punitive damages are only awarded when the defendant's conduct is deemed egregious, going beyond mere negligence. In legal contexts, driving under the influence is often viewed as particularly egregious due to the high risk it poses to public safety and well-being.

In criminal court, the standard for liability is the high threshold of "beyond a reasonable doubt," meaning the evidence must be compelling. In civil court, the standard is lower with "preponderance of the evidence," suggesting it just needs to show the defendant's liability is more likely than not. The stricter criminal court standard makes it possible for a defendant to be cleared in criminal court but still found liable in civil court for damages.

Springfield, MO, Drunk Driving Statistics

Each year, countless lives are changed forever due to the recklessness of intoxicated drivers. These accidents contribute significantly to the state's traffic-related injuries and fatalities, underscoring the importance of legal action in these situations. 

The following statistics paint a picture of the effects of drunk driving in Springfield:

It's crucial to recognize that behind every statistic is a person, a family, that this preventable offense has impacted. Our involvement in your case is more than just about legal proceedings; it's about contributing to a broader effort to hold negligent drivers accountable and advocating for safer roads in our community.


  • $1.5 Million Auto Accident Rollover
  • $1.1 Million Motorcycle Accident
  • $1 Million Semi-Truck Accident
  • $500,000 Semi-Truck Failure to Secure Load
  • $400,000 Uninsured Motorist Red Light Accident
  • $350,000 Semi-Truck Head-On Collision

The Keys to our success

  • Exclusive Focus on Auto Accident Recovery Law
  • Over $100,000,000 Total Recovered for Our Clients
  • 50 Years of Combined Experience in Car Crash Recovery
  • Same-Day Returned Phone Calls and Emails from Our Clients
  • Partners Who Handle Your Claim from Consultation to Recovery

Evidence in a DUI Injury Claim

In building a robust DUI injury claim, understanding and assembling the proper evidence is paramount. This evidence not only reconstructs the accident but also establishes the liability of the drunk driver. As diligent legal advocates for our clients, we gather and meticulously analyze every detail to support your case. 

Here are some examples of critical pieces of evidence we focus on:

  • Police reports
  • Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) records
  • Witness statements
  • Expert testimony
  • Surveillance footage
  • Medical records
  • Financial documents
  • Photographs of the scene
  • The driver's driving history

We leverage a network of specialists and harness a variety of technological tools to collect and critically assess all information relating to your accident. Our approach helps us prepare and present a strong case on your behalf, striving to secure the compensation you need to cover your losses.

What Is the Statute of Limitation in a Springfield, MO, Drunk Driving Accident Case?

Time is a critical factor in legal proceedings, especially in personal injury cases involving drunk driving accidents. In Springfield, Missouri, the statute of limitations sets a strict deadline by which you must file a lawsuit. For most personal injury claims, this period is five years from the date of the accident. Missing this deadline could permanently bar you from seeking compensation for your injuries.

If the accident resulted in a fatality, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is three years from the date of the deceased's passing. It's important to note that exceptional circumstances can alter these timeframes, making it essential to consult with an experienced attorney right away to preserve your right to recovery.

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Pursue Legal Action Against the Drunk Driver Responsible for Your Injuries

We understand the immense challenges that come with drunk driving cases for the victim. Despite being blameless, you find yourself entangled in multiple court proceedings. As you strive to recover physically from your injuries and seek rightful compensation in civil court, there's also the possibility of being deposed or subpoenaed as a witness in the concurrent criminal trial. This complex situation can be emotionally taxing, requiring a delicate balance between seeking justice and healing.

Our dedicated team of attorneys serves as your unwavering advocates. We can navigate you through depositions, motions, and the trial process to safeguard your rights as the victim of a drunk driver. By providing personalized support and legal representation, we can work tirelessly to pursue the justice and support you deserve during this challenging time.

Call (417) 785-3410 or contact us online to schedule a free case consultation with a drunk driving accident lawyer in Springfield, MO, today.

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