Renowned Wichita radio DJ Don Hall died in a traffic collision, according to The Wichita Eagle. The car accident happened at the intersection of Kellogg Dr. and Rock Rd. Police believe that the crash may have been caused by a driver who was impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.
The driver who caused the crash was reportedly arrested at the scene. Hall was found pinned in his car and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hall was in radio for 45 years and hosted KEYN’s morning radio show with Barbara Baan. He also served as the public address announcer for Shocker basketball games at Wichita State University. Former co-workers, friends and fans paid tribute to Hall on social media.
These types of collisions are 100% preventable
Drunk driving resulted in approximately 10,511 traffic fatalities across the United States in 2018, according to the NHTSA. In Kansas, 88 out of 404 traffic fatalities in 2018 involved a drunk driver.
Attorney Matt Bretz — who serves on the national Board of Directors for MADD — has made it very clear that these types of collisions are 100 percent preventable.
Anyone who has had too much to drink or has used recreational or prescription drugs can make a conscious decision to refrain from driving. When someone who chooses to get behind the wheel cause a crash, there is no disputing who was at fault.
If you were hurt in a crash, or lost a loved one, due to the actions of an impaired driver, don't hesitate to consult with a Kansas car accident attorney who can handle your claim and legally advocate for you.
Why are impaired drivers so dangerous?
Both alcohol and drugs can affect drivers in the following ways:
- Impaired judgment of their surroundings and obstacles in the road
- Delayed reaction and response time to avoid a crash
- Loss of physical coordination needed to maintain control of a vehicle
- Increased risk of drowsy driving
- Increased risk of speeding, aggressive driving, and dangerous maneuvers
How can a lawyer help me if I was hurt in a crash with an impaired driver?
It's very hard to dispute evidence of alcohol or drug impairment at the scene of a crash. That's unless the at-fault driver isn't noticeably impaired, police don't perform a roadside sobriety test, or the driver leaves the scene of the crash.
When police arrive to investigate, the at-fault driver may be placed under arrest. This would be documented in the police report and would serve as critical supporting evidence in your car accident claim.
The legal team at Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers can use this to help you build a strong case against the at-fault driver and his or her insurance provider. We can fight for a fair settlement so you can be compensated for medical bills, lost wages, and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. Our attorney may also fight for punitive damages to punish the driver and send a clear message to society that drunk driving isn't acceptable.