We understand the hardship and loss that is suffered after a drunk driving accident involving serious injury or death. Accident victims and families in the Upper Midwest, including Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota, rely on the experienced drunk driving accident attorneys at Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben to help them navigate the aftermath of difficult situations.
Drunk driving is among the most common causes of vehicle collisions. The majority of drunk driving accidents are those in which two automobiles collide. Alcohol-related incidents can also involve motorcyclists, tractor-trailer drivers, boaters, pedestrians and bicyclists. Victims of drunk driving accidents can result in wrongful death or serious injuries such as catastrophic burns, broken bones, amputation, traumatic brain injury, neck, back, and spinal cord injuries.
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
“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.
Do not accept any claim before you speak with an attorney. Many large insurance companies have adopted settlement policies that encourage their adjusters to offer quick payments to persons involved in an accident. Insurance adjusters will contact you or your family shortly after an accident to try to gain your confidence. In doing so, insurance adjusters often try to present themselves as the friend of the injured person or the family of the person who was killed in an accident. The goal of such contact is to settle the case on terms as favorable as possible for the insurance company.
Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben is Minnesota’s largest personal injury law firm. We maintain a national reputation for achieving substantial settlements and jury verdicts for our drunk driving accident clients.
Our success is attributed to the combination of experience, expertise, and exceptional dedication to the needs of every client. Many accidents are caused by negligence, so it is imperative that anyone involved in an accident contact an experienced injury attorney. Please remember that it is vital to act swiftly after you’ve been injured. The sooner you involve a personal injury attorney, the better we will be able to preserve evidence, gather essential witnesses and address any other important factors.