While there is a risk of being involved in a car accident at any time of day or night, the lack of visibility experienced at night can be especially difficult for some drivers. Unfortunately, the police may be quick to make assumptions about the cause of an accident that occurs during the early morning hours, concluding that alcohol or drugs were involved rather than a simple driver error. In fact, a man in Missouri was arrested for DWI following a recent crash.
The incident happened just before 2 a.m. on a day in mid-September. According to reports, the driver of a vehicle was unable to negotiate a curve. As a result, the vehicle exited the road on the left side before flipping.
Though all occupants were reportedly wearing a seatbelt, a 32-year-old male passenger was reportedly seriously injured. Less than an hour after the crash, the driver was taken into custody, suspected of careless and imprudent driving resulting in a crash and felony driving while intoxicated resulting in serious physical injury. It is unclear how the police determined that he was under the influence.
Accusations of DWI are serious, and a conviction often carries significant consequences. Unfortunately, those facing criminal charges often have little experience with the criminal justice system and may be unaware of their legal rights and options. Fortunately, an experienced legal professional can help defendants in Missouri fully understand the charges and evidence against them, allowing them to make an informed decision regarding their best course of action.