Detroit Lakes Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
We Can Handle Your Drunk Driving Accident Claim
You deserve justice and compensation after being hit by a drunk driver. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you will get either. If you want to do what is right and hold an intoxicated driver accountable for their criminal wrongdoing and the harm it caused you, then you will have to take matters into your own hands by filing an injury claim against them.
If you have suffered injuries that required more than $4,000 in medical treatments, or resulted in permanent disfigurement, permanent injury, or a disability for at least 60 days, then Minnesota law allows you to file a claim against that driver. Maring Williams Law Office in Detroit Lakes can help. Our attorneys are proud to help the wrongfully injured seek the justice and compensation they deserve. We bring decades of collective legal experience to each case we accept.
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How Big of a Problem is Drunk Driving?
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) recorded 4,027 car accidents in 2018 caused by or involving an intoxicated driver or one who was believed to be drunk but never received a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test. Out of those accidents, which amount to more than 10 a day, 2,156 people suffered serious injuries and another 123 people lost their lives. Based on this information, drunk driving cost Minnesota nearly $285,000,000 that year through provided healthcare, public property repair, and lost work hours.
What to Do After a Drunk Driver Hits You
A drunk driving accident is both similar to, and different from, other types of car accidents. The fact that the other driver was illegally intoxicated can change the way your case should be handled, including changing what you should do immediately after the crash.
After being hit by a drunk driver, it is a good idea to:
- Call 911: Drunk drivers are a danger to everyone on the road. Even if you are unharmed after getting into a collision with a drunk driver, you need to dial 911 and let them know what is going on. The police are the only ones who can safely prevent the driver from getting back in their car and hurting other people.
- Take pictures: You should take identifying photographs of the drunk driver’s car as soon as possible. Some drunk drivers are tempted to flee the scene of a crash when they realize what they have done. If you snap a photograph of their car, license plate, and themselves, you can help the police catch them if they do leave. Keep taking pictures of other things around the crash scene to use as evidence, too.
- Ask the police to send a copy of their report: The police officers who respond to your drunk driving accident should create detailed reports about what they witnessed there. Notably, they should remark whether or not they think or know the other driver is drunk. Getting a copy of this report can strengthen your claim significantly.
Injuries Suffered in a Drunk Driving Accident
Many drunk driving accidents occur at intersections. An intoxicated driver will have delayed reaction times and blurred vision, which makes it difficult for them to notice red lights and stop signs. The result? A large number of drunk driving collisions are rear-end accidents or T-bone accidents caused by the drunk driver speeding through a red light intersection.
Catastrophic injuries that can happen in a T-bone or rear-end collision include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Back or spine injury
Get Compassionate Legal Assistance Today
Do not feel like you need to go through your drunk driving claim by yourself. When the caring team of Maring Williams Law Office is in your corner, you can enjoy the feeling of being genuinely supported and encouraged. Our attorneys are known not just for our case results, but also for the way we uplift our clients during difficult, confusing legal conflicts.
We can fight for maximized compensation on your behalf. Please call (218) 228-6332 to learn more.
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