If a drunk or impaired driver has hurt you or a loved one in a Michigan car accident, it is important that you seek advice from a skilled attorney. At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. our top rated drunk driving lawyers represent injury victims against drunk drivers and the establishment that served the alcohol.
You or your loved one injured may be able to file a claim against the at-fault driver to receive financial compensation for your losses. Driving drunk is one of the most dangerous forms of negligence, and drivers who are negligent should be held accountable for their actions.
Why Alcohol is Dangerous
Alcohol is a common contributing factor in Michigan traffic accidents. Motorists who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol have a much greater chance of being involved in an accident because their cognitive and physical abilities are compromised. Alcohol affects your judgment, your depth perception and the motor skills you need to safely operate a vehicle.
Michigan DUI Law
Because driving while impaired is so dangerous, Michigan has in place a number of laws and restrictions regarding legal blood alcohol content (BAC) levels for motorists. If you are under the age of 21, it is illegal for you to drive with a BAC of .02 or greater. It is illegal for a driver who is over 21 years of age to have a BAC of .08 or greater. There are additional penalties for those who have a BAC of .17 or higher while driving in Michigan. Furthermore, drivers with any amount of marijuana, heroin or GHB in their system will face serious charges even if they show no signs of impairment.
Michigan Alcohol-Related Car Accident Statistics
According to the Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, there were 9,853 car accidents in Michigan in the year 2012 that were alcohol-related. It is illegal to consume alcohol if you are under the age of 21, but 12 alcohol-related accidents in Michigan that year involved minors under the age of 16, and 910 DUI crashes involved drivers who were under the age of 21. The age group with the most DUI crashes was 25 to 34 years with 2,688 collisions followed by 1,883 alcohol-related accidents for drivers aged 21 to 24 and 1,722 for drivers aged 35 to 44.
Every county in Michigan had at least a handful of DUI crashes in the year 2012. Counties such as Ontonagon and Baraga only had four and five DUI accidents respectively, but those are both low-population counties in the Upper Peninsula. Some of the more populated counties in Michigan had hundreds more DUI incidents. For example, there were 1,438 alcohol-related crashes in Wayne County, 1,068 in Oakland County and 820 DUI accidents in Kent County.
Holding Impaired Drivers Accountable
Anyone who has suffered an injury because of a drunk driver should not have to pay his or her own bills. It is all too common, however, for victims of drunk drivers to have to pay for their own past and future medical expenses while not being able to earn a living because of their injuries. This is why anyone who has suffered a loss because of an impaired driver should discuss his or her legal options with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Contact Your Michigan Drunk Driving Lawyer After Your Car Accident
A knowledgeable Michigan drunk driving attorney will help you pursue support for all of your losses. In addition to receiving compensation for your medical bills, you should be able to pursue support for the purchase of medical devices, medications and rehabilitation services. Compensation may also be available for lost wages, lost future wages and your pain and suffering.
The experienced Michigan drunk driving lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. can help you better understand your legal rights and options. If an impaired driver has injured you or a loved one, please contact us at 1-800-606-1717 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.