Drunk Driving ClaimsAt Lord & Faris Law Office, we have a unique personal understanding of the impact a drunk driving-related accident can have on an injured person or the family of someone killed by a drunk driver. The legal rights involved in a car accident and a Dram Shop claim are very complicated. Based on our experience, we can evaluate your case and determine what legal action and benefits may be available.
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Q. If I am in an accident with a drunk driver, what are my rights?
A. The first thing to understand is that you have the same rights as any victim who has been injured in a car accident. Please read the information we have provided on your basic rights if you have been in an auto accident. In a car accident you also have the following rights:
In addition to the car accident rights, when you are injured by a drunk driver, you may also have the following rights:
Dram Shop Claim:
Under Minn. Stat. § 304A.801, a liquor establishment (usually a bar, restaurant, or liquor store) can be held liable for injuries stemming from the intoxication of the drunk driver, if the sale was illegal.
Generally, illegal sales include:
The Dram Shop statute requires:
Q. What are punitive damages?
A. Punitive damages are designed to punish or deter a person who has acted in a willful or indifferent manner towards the rights and safety of another. Juries decide how much to award for punitive damages, after they have found a defendant liable. This type of award is not limited, it can be as big or as small as a jury thinks it should be, and it comes directly out of the drunk driver’s pocket which may act as a deterrent to future drunk driving. The attorneys at Lord & Faris have the experience to pursue a punitive damages claim for you.
Q. What damages can I recover from a drunk driver?
A. Besides being compensated for damages caused by the negligence of the driver such as past and future medical bills and lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering, funeral expenses and any permanent or disfiguring injuries or death.
Q. What if my auto insurance no-fault coverage pays for all or part of my expenses? Does that money get subtracted from an award?
A. No. If you sue a liquor establishment under the MN Dram Shop Act, the coverage you have received from your no-fault insurance benefits cannot be deducted from the amount of the award. In negligence cases, this amount can be deducted from the award, but Dram Shop claims are based on strict liability.
Q. How long do I have to bring a lawsuit against a bar that contributed to the intoxication of the driver that injured me?
A. There are specific time limitations within which you may bring a claim.
Q. Who has the right to file a Dram Shop lawsuit against the bar?
A. Any dependents can recover for loss of means of support, property loss and pecuniary loss. Any dependents include the following: a spouse, child, parent, guardian, employer, or other person, injured in property or means of support.
Q. Will the dependents be punished by the fact that the intoxicated person was partly at fault for their own injury?
A. No. Comparative fault will not be imputed to the family of the allegedly intoxicated person.
Q. Does the person who is injured by their own intoxication have a right to sue the bar?
A. The law does not allow the intoxicated person to sue the bar for causing their injury, no matter what. If he/she dies, their estate can’t sue, but the family members as dependents can sue. Minn. Stat. 340A.801. subd. 1.
Q. Is Drunk Driving still a problem in Minnesota?
A. In 2008 alone, 163 people died in Minnesota and more than 2,896 were injured in alcohol-related crashes. Historically, accidents involving alcohol cause more serious injuries: Recent figures show that 12 percent of moderate injuries and almost 36 percent of severe injuries from automobile accidents in Minnesota were the result of an alcohol-related crash.
There were 35,736 impaired driving incidents in Minnesota.
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