Drunk Driving Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 12,998 people were killed in drunk-driving accidents in a recent year, accounting for 31.7% of the total traffic fatalities for that year. On average, someone is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes.
In addition, between 50% and 75% of drunk drivers whose licenses have been suspended continue to drive. A first-time drunk-driving offender has, on average, driven drunk 87 times before being arrested.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk-driving accident, you may have sustained medical expenses, lost income, a reduction in your earning capacity, rehabilitation expenses as well as pain and suffering.
Current federal law can prevent someone from discharging his debt to a victim of drunk-driving in bankruptcy. Sometimes bars or other establishments can be held responsible for serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated persons. The families of drunk drivers killed in accidents may even have a claim against such establishments for serving alcohol to the intoxicated driver. There is a complicated maze of laws that need to be evaluated before you make any decisions.
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If you’ve been injured in a drunk driving accident in Minnesota, Iowa or South Dakota, contact us to get started on resolving your drunk driving injury case. Remember, consultations with prospective clients on drunk driving accident injury cases are free of charge.