Know Your Legal Options After Being Hit By A Drunk Driver
The attorneys and staff at Bredell & Bredell are committed to aggressive representation of the rights of individuals injured in drunk driver accidents. While the drunk driver may face criminal repercussions, our focus is recovering compensation for the victim and family.
We handle cases throughout Michigan in which people were seriously injured or killed in a drunk driver crash. We pursue personal injury or wrongful death compensation through insurance claims, civil actions against the inebriated driver and lawsuits against third parties who contributed to a tragic crash.
Dram Shop Liability For Over-Serving Alcohol
One avenue to be explored in a drunk driving accident case is dram shop liability. A business that was serving alcohol to the individual may be held partially responsible for the accident. Under Michigan law, the owners of a bar, restaurant or liquor store may be liable for:
- The sale or service of alcohol to a minor
- The sale or service of alcohol to a person who is visibly intoxicated
It is crucial that you retain the services of an attorney experienced at handling bar owner liability claims as soon as you have identified the establishment responsible. A dram shop claim must be filed within 90 days of hiring an attorney, so it is important that if you do not yet know the particular bar responsible, you hire a separate attorney to handle the drunk driving accident claim.
Our lawyers will review the police report and interview witnesses, including fellow bar patrons and the drunk driver who caused the accident. Because the driver is facing prison time for his or her actions, it is in that person’s best interest to assist you in pursuing other avenues of liability.
Drunk Driving Accidents Are Bad Accidents
An intoxicated driver has slower reaction times, lower awareness and diminished control of the vehicle. This often translates into running red lights, rear ending other vehicles or crossing the centerline, all of which contribute to greater injuries or fatalities. Our firm diligently pursues every dollar of compensation to help accident victims and grieving families cover their economic losses and suffering.
Bredell And Bredell Arrive Alive Foundation
In addition to providing legal representation to individuals who have been injured in a drunk driving accident, our lawyers have established the Bredell and Bredell Arrive Alive Foundation. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to educating members of the community, with a special focus on high school students, on the dangers of drinking and driving. For more information, please contact our firm.
If you have been the victim of a drunk driver, it is important that you understand your rights. We at Bredell & Bredell can assess your case and help you explore your options for seeking a resolution to the matter. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation. Call now at 734-482-5000.