Michigan DUI Accident Lawyer
Michigan Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys
Being hit by a drunk driver is a traumatic experience, that is, unfortunately, not all uncommon. In 2016, the most recent year for which such statistics are available, the CDC reports that 10,497 people died in alcohol-related automobile crashes — that’s 29 people per day or one death every 50 minutes.
At Lipton Law, we find these statistics particularly alarming. That’s one of the reasons we fight so hard to get victims of drunk driving accidents the compensation they deserve, the justice they desire and the results they need.
Our DUI accident lawyers will work diligently to give you the edge you deserve.
Injured in a Michigan Drunk Driving Accident?
Drivers who get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can cause widespread destruction. Drunk driving accidents often involve head-on collisions with other motor vehicles, pedestrians or bicyclists, which can be especially serious. Drunk driving is even one of the most common causes of fatal boating accidents.
In the immediate aftermath of a drunk driving crash, it can be difficult to determine the full financial impact of the injuries.
Our DUI accident attorneys have represented countless injury victims, so we know how to assess these types of claims. We routinely work with medical experts and other professionals to determine economic and noneconomic damages that are fair. With their assistance, we present compelling arguments before judges and juries.
What accident claims are — from broken bones and spinal cord injuries to amputations and brain injuries, it can be hard to see how long the injuries will last, how severe they are and how they will impact your life.
Michigan DUI Injury Victims Can Seek Compensation
If a drunk driver hurts or kills another person, the experienced Michigan car accident attorneys at Lipton Law will hold that driver accountable for his or her recklessness.
In the state of Michigan, injured parties have the right to seek compensation for:
- past and future medical expenses
- lost wages and diminished future income
- scarring and/or disfigurement
- seat belt syndrome
- physical impairment
- emotional distress
- wrongful death
- pain and suffering
- any other related expenses
If the person responsible for the accident was a minor, you may also hold the person or establishment who served the drive alcohol responsible under Michigan dram shop laws.
How Can a Michigan Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Help You?
Pursing a civil claim against a drunk driver who has harmed you or a loved one is different than pursuing criminal charges.
In civil claims, your Michigan DUI accident attorney prosecutes the case on your behalf. The goal isn’t to seek out a conviction but rather to secure financial compensation for all of the physical, mental and financial damages incurred.
Who Can You Sue if Injured in a Michigan Drunk Driving Accident?
If you’ve been injured because someone was driving under the influence, you can and should hold that person accountable.
However, the drunk driver isn’t always the only party responsible for the damages. At Lipton Law, our Michigan DUI accident lawyers will carefully review your case to determine whether other parties should be held liable for your injuries, as well.
These can include, but aren’t limited to:
- The store, bar, or restaurant who sold alcohol to the drunk driver. Under the Michigan Dram Shop Act, you have the right to file a claim against any business that provided alcohol to a visibly intoxicated consumer who, then caused an accident that injured or killed someone.
- The employer. In certain cases, employers can be held responsible for any harm their employees did during the course and scope of their employment. So, for example, if a delivery driver was having a few cocktails while making a delivery, the employer may be held responsible.
- Social host that provided alcohol to a minor. If someone threw a party and served alcohol to a non-related minor, who then, in turn, caused an accident, the social host may be held responsible under certain conditions.
Michigan DUI Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, consult with one of our experienced attorneys. In addition to conducting a thorough investigation into your case, we can determine whether Michigan’s Dram Shop Act applies. This law prohibits employees at restaurants, bars or taverns from selling alcohol to an underage or intoxicated driver.