Our Michigan drunk driving accident lawyers represent injury victims against drunk drivers and the establishment that served the alcohol. Driving under the influence of alchol or drugs is a serious offense.In Michigan, any driver with blood-alcohol absorption (BAC) above .08 percent is considered "per se intoxicated" under the law. Drivers with blood alcohol levels both above and below the legal limits can be held liabile for injuries caused in a motor vehicle accident..
Michigan Alcohol Related Accident Statistics
The number of related to alcohol in Michigan is significant and the injuries from those accidents are often severe. The statistics were tailored by Michigan Traffic Crash Facts and are worth noting. There were a total of 11,068 alcohol related accidents in the year of 2008. Of those traffic crashes, 5,700 people were injured and 317 people were killed. Statistics show that that the largest number of accidents occurred on Saturday's and Sunday's. Between the hour of 12:00 a.m. and 2:59 a.m., most car accidents occurred while the months of June (415) and August (426) proved to be the most dangerous months for driving, the most auto accidents occur in those months.
According the MADD, there were 215 alcohol fatal accidents in Michigan last year alone. This number represented 23.9 % of all total traffic deaths.
Can I Sue the Drunk Driver That Caused 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.
Can I Sue the Place that 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.
Finding Your Michigan Alcohol Related Accident Lawyer
Victims of auto accidents do have legal rights and should pursue them immediately after the accident. When choosing your Michigan lawyer, it is key to choose the right lawyer so that you may receive a fair settlement. Your drunk driving accident lawyer can also help you receive all of your No-Fault Insurance benefits, including medical expenses, lost wages, attendant care services, and other benefits. Attorney Lawrence J. Buckfire lawyers is rated "Superb" by the top lawyer internet rating service and has achieved the utmost possible rating for ability and integrity in the legal profession.
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We will represent you in your Michigan drunk driving accident case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case.
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