Drinking and driving is a common offense in Minnesota and one that is taken very seriously by law enforcement. It is taken so seriously because of the number of accidents that is caused by it and many of these accidents lead to serious injury or death.
If you or a loved one has fallen victim to a drunk driver, you may have a personal injury claim against that individual. The personal injury claim is completely separate from the criminal charges that that person may face. While they may have to pay criminal penalties, you can hold them responsible for medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs. All you have to do is contact your Mankato personal injury attorney as soon as you are able so your case can be evaluated and work begin immediately.
Holding Drunk Drivers Accountable
There are many individuals that can become victims of drunk drivers. They include other motorists on the road, pedestrians, those driving and riding recreational vehicles, boaters, and bicyclists. Driving a car, truck, boat, ATV, or other type of vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is illegal and can result in the serious injury or death of innocent individuals.
Because of the serious injury, or even death, that can occur in these accidents, it is important to not sit idly by and allow the expenses to mount up. The law allows a person to seek the necessary compensation from those responsible for an accident, especially since insurance companies may refuse to pay when someone else is responsible. The insurance company’s logic is that the person who caused the accident should have to pay for it.
Protecting Victims’ Rights
As your experienced Southern Minnesota personal injury attorneys, we will ensure that every person responsible is held accountable. Because Minnesota has liquor liability laws, we can also hold responsible the establishment that served a drunk driver. These “dram shop” laws cover the responsibility of liquor stores, bars, and restaurants that serve alcohol. They are held liable for serving alcohol to individuals that are obviously intoxicated.
While holding establishments and the drunk driver accountable will not take away the injuries, financial stress can be removed from the situation. Removing the financial stress alone can have a significant impact on a person’s recovery. First of all, the responsible parties pay the compensation that takes care of the medical expenses and other costs related to the accident. This means getting adequate medical care that is essential toward establishing the highest possible quality of life.
Contact A Mankato Personal Injury Lawyer
Car accident injuries are frequently caused by drunk drivers, which is why drunk driving is something that is pursued aggressively in criminal court. However, these matters can be pursued in civil court as well in the way of an injury claim since the drunk driver was negligent. If you or a loved one has fallen victim to a drunk driver, you may have a personal injury case. To learn more, call Farrish Johnson Law Office, CHTD at 507-625-2525 to request a free consultation.