Drunk Driver Accident – MN Lawyers
Drunk Driving Accidents Are Too Frequent
Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States, with 3 in every 10 Americans likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives. Our lawyers have represented many clients injured in Minnesota drunk driver car accidents. Car crashes and injuries caused by drunk drivers are infuriating to us because the level of irresponsibility is so much higher than the momentary driver inattention we see in most car accident cases. Our lawyers have had many cases where a drunk driver hit our client at an intersection, the drunk driver hit our client in a rear end accident, and even where the drunk driver hit our client head on by crossing into the oncoming traffic lane.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,800 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2009. Of course many others involved in a drunk driver car crash are injured. In 2009, more than half a million people across the country were injured in crashes where police reported that alcohol was present — an average of one person injured approximately every 2 minutes. These numbers are inexcusable because they could have easily been prevented if the drunk driver had simply chosen not to drive, or the bar that served him had cut him off as required by law and called a cab.
Drunk Driving Laws in Minnesota
Minnesota law prohibits a person from driving while intoxicated (having a blood alcohol level of more than .08%). The Minnesota Dram Shop Act also prohibits a liquor establishment from serving alcohol in certain circumstances. For example, a bar cannot sell alcohol without a license, serve alcohol to an underage person, nor to a person who is obviously intoxicated. MN law also prohibits any person from serving alcohol to someone under 21 years of age (Social Host Liability). Our top car accident lawyers have helped many people who were hit by a drunk driver, suing the drunk driver and sometimes the bar as well. We have also represented many people who have been injured at a bar because they were attacked by a drunk customer or bouncer.
We Sue The Drunk Driver and Bar That Over Served Them.
The Rochlin Law Firm, Ltd. has more than 20 years experience successfully fighting for clients who have been injured by a drunk driver and against the persons or bars that have wrongfully served them. When our clients are injured in a drunk driver car accident, our attorneys make sure that the drunk driver, and if necessary the bar, are held accountable. Our MN personal injury lawyers have considerable experience obtaining the necessary expert and investigative documentation to prove a case against the drunk driver and the irresponsible liquor establishment. If you have been injured because a drunk driver rear-ended you or otherwise caused your accident – or one of your loved ones has been killed in a drunk driving car crash in MN – please contact a lawyer at our office for a free consultation. See also, How to Get Medical Bills Paid. We can meet with you to discuss your drunk driver case at our offices in Minneapolis, Woodbury, and Edina. An attorney will also meet with you at your home if you have been hit by a drunk driver in St. Paul MN, Forest Lake, Lake Elmo, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Anoka Minnesota, Plymouth, Rogers, Chanhassen, Chaska, Burnsville, Richfield, and other cities throughout Minnesota.
For additional information on drunk driving statistics, drunk driving prevention and victim services, see Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, www.madd.org.