The Michigan drunk driving accident lawyers at our law firm represent injury victims and their families against drunk drivers and the establishment that served the alcohol. The injuries from a drunk driving accident are often catastrophic and even deadly. We hold the drunk driver and owner of the vehicle accountable for the devastating effects of the accident.
Michigan Drunk Driving Accident Statistics
Despite all of the publicity and warnings about the dangers of drunk driving, there are still staggering numbers of accidents every year in Michigan caused by drunk drivers. The Michigan chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reports that in 2013, there were:
- 215 Drunk driving fatalities (.08 BAC or higher) which accounted for 23.9 % of all total traffic deaths
- 4,633 Alcohol related crash injuries
- 8,892 Alcohol related crashes
- DUI arrests: 34,393.
- DUI convictions: 16,470
The statistics do not include information about the serious injuries caused by drunk drivers in non-fatal accidents. These injuries are often catastrophic and include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, orthopedic injuries, and other serious injuries. Victims also suffer psychological trauma from being hit by a drunk driver.
Sue The Drunk Driver For Causing The Accident
A drunk driver is liable for all injuries caused to another person in accident while intoxicated or operating under the influence of alchohol. In addition to the criminal penalties and fines, a civil lawsuit can be filed to seek compensation from the driver and owner of the vehicle for injuries and harm caused in the accident. Settlements in these cases include compensation for pain and suffering, disability, scars and disfigurements, loss of income, and medical expenses.
There are a number of factors that go into determining the amount of a drunk driving settlement. These include the type of injuries and medical treatment, the permanency of the conditions, and how these injuries have affected the victims ability to live his or her everyday life. In cases involving fatal accidents, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for the loss of the loved one.
Suing The PlaceThat Sold Liquor to the Drunk Driver
The Michigan Liquor Control Code of 1998 (Dramshop Act) permits certain persons to bring a cause of action against the retail licensee that unlawfully served alcoholic beverages to an intoxicated person or a minor, resulting in injury, death, or property damage. To recover damages under the Dramshop Act, a plaintiff must show that injury or death was caused by a retail licensee’s unlawful selling, giving, or furnishing of alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person or a minor. Retail licensees include bars, restaurants, sports arenas, hotels, banquet halls, and any business with a retail liquor license. These businesses and places often pay substantial settlements for their own negligence.
What Are The Michigan Dramshop Law Requirements?
The Michigan Dram shop law requires that an investigation begin as soon as possible after the accident. It also requires that the bar or restaurant in question be notified in writing about the claim within a very short time period. The failure to give this timely notice can destroy your claim.
Our drunk driving accident lawyers hire private investigators to interview witnesses and other bar patrons to prove that the establishment served alcohol to the intoxicated motorist shortly before the accident. Any delay in beginning your investigation may result in difficulty tracking down these witnesses at a later time so you should call an attorney immediately to begin working on the case. This also applies to families seeking compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one in a fatal drunk driving accident.
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Statute of Limitations in Michigan Drunk Driver Accident Cases
There are strict time limitations for filing drunk driving accident claims and No-Fault Insurance claims in Michigan. If you miss a deadline, your claim will be lost forever. To avoid this severe consequence, you should contact the Michigan drunk driver accident attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. immediately.
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Contact Your Michigan Drunk Driver Accident Lawyers
Call us now at (800) 606-1717. Our attorneys and investigators will start working on your case immediately and begin gathering the witness statements and evidence to prove and win your case.
Warning: There are strict time deadlines for suing drunk drivers and the bars that served them alcohol before the accident. Call our accident injury lawyers now to file your lawsuit and get your settlment.