Drunk driving is among the most common causes of vehicle collisions throughout the state of Minnesota. Regardless of the events leading up to these types of accidents or the severity of the injuries that result, crashes transpiring due to driver intoxication are entirely preventable and must be treated with the utmost seriousness.
Aggressive public awareness campaigns have achieved some success in reducing the frequency of alcohol-related collisions. Unfortunately, such accidents still occur far too often. The skilled Minnesota drunk driving accident attorneys of Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben stand ready to zealously fight for justice on behalf of victims of intoxicated drivers. If you’ve been involved in a drunken driving accident in Minnesota, call us at 612-377-7777 or 1-800-752-4265 (toll free) for a free consultation.
Minnesota statutes permit charges of driving while intoxicated (DWI) to be lodged whenever a motorist is found to be operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration registering .08 or higher. Not only can an intoxicated motorist be held responsible when collisions or injuries occur, social hosts and establishments that serve alcohol may also suffer serious consequences.
Dram Shop Act and Related Liability Laws
A "Dram Shop" is defined as an establishment in which alcohol is purchased and consumed on site, and can include restaurants, bars and lounges. In Minnesota, the Dram Shop Act is a law that holds individuals or public establishments liable if they illegally sell or provide alcohol. Circumstances that trigger liability under the Act include selling alcohol to minors, selling alcohol without the necessary license, selling to an individual who is clearly already intoxicated and serving to an underage guest (referred to as Social Host Liability). Under the Act, if an individual or establishment's decision to serve alcohol ultimately results in injury or death, legal responsibility may be imposed upon that person or entity.
The majority of Minnesota drunk driving accidents are those in which two automobiles collide. It is important to note, however, that alcohol-related incidents can also involve motorcyclists, tractor-trailer drivers, boaters, pedestrians and bicyclists. Victims of such accidents can suffer injuries ranging from spinal cord trauma, broken bones, brain damage and even death.
If you have had the misfortune of being involved in a Minnesota drunk driving accident, regaining your health must be your first priority. However, it is also important to take all necessary steps to protect your rights to compensation for your injuries. At Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben, our team of seasoned personal injury attorneys is prepared to vigorously assert the rights of those harmed by the actions of a drunk driver. We have amassed an impressive track record of successfully fighting for injured clients, negotiating favorable settlements and winning cases that ultimately proceed to trial.
Drunk Driving Accident Attorney Experience Matters
The personal injury attorneys of Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben are prepared to aggressively advocate for you at every stage of the legal process. We are not afraid to do battle with large corporations or insurance carriers if that is what it takes to secure the compensation you deserve. The firm's lawyers are eager to assume the burdens of litigating your case so that you can stay focused on recuperation and the reclamation of your peace of mind.
In the aftermath of a drunk driving accident, time is always of the essence. You must act quickly in order to have the best chance to preserve important evidence, collect witness statements and conduct necessary analysis of the facts. Contact us at 612-377-7777 or 1-800-752-4265 (toll free) to arrange for a no-charge consultation with the leading Minnesota personal injury lawyers of Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben.
The personal injury lawyers at Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben have offices in Minneapolis, MN. We represent victims of drunk driving accidents anywhere in the state of Minnesota, Western Wisconsin and North Dakota.