An accident can be caused by any number of things. When a driver is distracted, failing to follow the rules of the road or under the influence of drugs or alcohol while driving, accidents are likely. For those left in the wake of a negligent driver, it can be hard to recover. The emotional and physical damage can be great, and made even greater when alcohol is involved. Most alcohol related car accidents result in catastrophic injuries, and most times the drunk driver does not sustain the same level of injury as the victim.
In Minnesota, the legal limit is 0.08. What this means is that if a driver has a concentration of alcohol in their blood great than 0.08, they are considered legally intoxicated. If you are in an accident with an intoxicated driver, the following things usually happen:
- The driver faces criminal charges, for the DUI matter.
- You are able to bring a civil suit against the driver, in addition to the criminal charges the State has lodged.
You should start off by making a claim against the driver by reporting the incident to his or her insurance company. Any outcome of the criminal case can be used in your negotiations with the insurance company for the drunk driver. This may require you to wait for the criminal case to conclude, but it is worth waiting for this powerful piece of evidence. When a driver is facing criminal charges regarding their driving, most insurance companies recognize the issue of liability faster. A case against an intoxicated driver involves more facts and requires additional investigation, but holding the driver accountable for his or her actions may be the only way to prevent a repeat offense. Call us for help.
If you have been in an accident with a driver who was legally intoxicated, call our office to learn your options. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.