Drunk driving laws were mainly passed to discourage people from operating motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances. The crime of driving while impaired (DWI, but also referred to in other jurisdictions as driving under the influence or DUI) is established under Minnesota Statute § 169A.20, and a person commits the crime if a police officer concludes he or she is under the influence of the person drives with a blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or more.
When a drunk driver causes an automobile accident, the injuries he or she causes are frequently catastrophic. In such cases, victims can file legal actions against the drivers and are usually entitled to various damages.
An unfortunate truth in these situations is that the drunk drivers involved do not always have the personal resources necessary to pay victims. The good news for many people is that the drunk drivers are not always the only liable parties in such crashes.
A “dram shop” is a bar, restaurant, or other licensed vendors of alcoholic beverages, and Minnesota has a dram shop law that allows victims to seek damages from establishments that illegally sell alcoholic beverages. Similarly, state law also makes private individuals, referred to as “social hosts,” liable for certain accidents as well.
If you were seriously injured or a drunk driver in Minnesota killed your loved one, it is in your best interest to contact JD Haas & Associates as soon as possible. Call (952) 345-1025 to take advantage of a free consultation.
Minnesota Dram Shop Laws
Minnesota Statute § 340A.801 establishes that a person injured by a drunk driver has a right of action to pursue damages from the person who illegally sold alcohol to the drunk driver. An alcohol sale is considered unlawful in Minnesota if the purchase is made by a minor (person less than 21 years of age) or an “obviously intoxicated” person.
Social host claims under Minnesota Statute § 340A.90 are limited only to cases involving minors. Victims can be entitled to various damages in dram shop and social host claims.
Negligent establishments will aggressively defend themselves against these types of claims. In many cases, the vendors will dispute that they knowingly provided alcohol to minors or obviously intoxicated individuals.
Anybody who is considering a dram shop or social host claim will want to make sure to hire an experienced attorney. Your legal representation can conduct a thorough investigation to collect crucial evidence, such as bar tabs, that can prove a vendor’s negligence.
Find a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Minnesota
Did you suffer serious injuries or was your loved one killed in a DWI accident in Minnesota? Make sure you quickly retain legal counsel.
JD Haas & Associates represents victims and the families of victims in communities all over the greater Bloomington area. Call (952) 345-1025 or contact us online today to have our firm review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free consultation.