Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys

Minnesota’s Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys

Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States. Too often drivers and passengers are injured in crashes where police reported that alcohol was present. Most people don’t realize how much a car accident can change their life until they’ve experienced one for themselves. Victims of drunk driving accidents can experience serious injuries such as broken bones, concussions or traumatic brain injury, catastrophic burns, amputations, back, neck, or spinal cord injuries, as well as death. At Halunen Law, we understand the severe emotional trauma, hardship and loss that is suffered after a drunk driving accident, and our experienced and dedicated personal injury attorneys are here to help guide you through this trauma.

If you or a family member have been injured in a drunk driving accident, or if you have lost a loved one, the attorneys at Halunen Law will help you understand your legal rights and guide you every step of the way so that you get the monetary compensation you deserve. We provide free consultations, and at Halunen Law, there is no upfront legal cost to you. When you or a family member have been injured, the last thing you want to worry about is paying attorney fees. There is no fee to you unless we win.

You may also have a claim against the bar if it illegally served the other driver. These claims are called Dram Shop cases and have strict notice requirements that require an experienced personal injury attorney’s attention.

If you are involved in a drunk driving accident, getting the right medical attention and care for you or your loved one immediately following the accident is crucial. It is also important to contact our experienced attorneys right away so that you do not lose your rights to monetary and other compensation. Keep in mind that most lawsuits must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as the Statute of Limitations. Our personal injury team is here so that you can focus on your health and recovery, while we focus on fighting for your rights.

Contact Our Attorneys To Protect Your Rights.

Large insurance companies typically have settlement policies in place that encourage their adjusters to offer quick payments to victims of an accident. Insurance adjusters will often contact you or your family shortly after an accident has occurred to try to gain your trust, offer a settlement claim, refuse coverage, or fight the claim. The insurance company’s goal is to settle the claim before you hire an attorney so that their company benefits, rather than the victim of the accident. Be sure to contact our experienced personal injury attorneys before accepting any settlement to ensure you and your family are getting the compensation and justice you deserve. We take many necessary steps to ensure you are protected. We investigate and analyze the scene to establish liability for the accident by preserving evidence and interviewing witnesses. We also deal directly with the insurance companies so you don’t have to.

What Damages Will Halunen Law Fight For?

Minnesota laws on drunk driving are very strict, and Minneapolis judges and juries are generally sympathetic to the victims of drunk driving accidents. You have a right to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver who caused your injuries, and we will help you get the full amount of compensation you deserve.

For injuries from a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:

  • Costs related to emergency medical treatment, surgery, physical therapy, medications, and ongoing care
  • Car repairs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages and loss of future earning potential
  • Loss of relations with your spouse or friends
  • Expenses associated with the emotional trauma of the accident and consequences of the injuries.

With the help of an experienced Halunen Law personal injury attorney, you may even be entitled to punitive damages, which are damages intended to hold the negligent drunk driver accountable.

Minnesota DWI Laws

Minnesota statutes permit charges of driving while intoxicated (DWI) to be filed whenever a driver is found to be operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Although the majority of drunk driving accidents involve two automobiles, alcohol-related accidents can also involve bicyclists, motorcyclists, snowmobilers, pedestrians, and boaters. In addition to holding the intoxicated driver responsible, establishments that served the alcohol and social hosts may also be held responsible.

Dram Shop Act and Social Host Laws

Minnesota is one of many states that have what are called “Dram Shop” laws in place.
A “Dram Shop” is an establishment that sells alcohol that is consumed on site, and can include restaurants, bars, and lounges. Minnesota’s Dram Shop Act holds public establishments liable for selling alcohol to minors, selling alcohol without the required license, and selling alcohol to an individual who is clearly intoxicated. Under the Dram Shop Act, if the establishment serves alcohol to someone who then causes injury or death, that business may be held legally responsible. Our experienced attorneys understand when you may be able to pursue and recover significant damages with a dram shop claim.

Minnesota also has a law related to what is called “social host liability.” It imposes liability for injury or death on adults who serve or provide alcohol to minors, if that minor then kills or injures another person as a result of their illegal drinking.

Halunen Law PI attorneys are experienced in investigating and pursuing all individuals and entities that may be liable for the drunk driving injuries. This means that you may be able to recover compensation from a variety of sources, including the drunk driver, your own insurer, and any bar, store, individual or social host that provided alcohol to the driver.

QUESTIONS? WE HAVE ANSWERS!

Do I have to pay for the initial consultation?

No, we provide free, confidential consultations, and there is no upfront legal cost to you.

How much does it cost to hire Halunen Law to help me with my personal injury claim?

Halunen Law Attorneys work on a contingency basis which means there are no up-front costs to you. Our attorneys are only paid when we succeed in getting money damages for you or your family member.

Who pays for my medical bills and damage to my car? The insurance company for the drunk driver may pay for medical bills and any property damage. However, if you have personal injury protection (PIP) on your auto insurance policy, you may find it easier to submit the claim to your own insurance company. In addition, if you have additional coverage called "med pay", medical costs up to a certain point can be submitted to your own insurance company. Your own health insurance will pay for your treatment and resulting medical bills. In the meantime, you can settle your property claim with the insurance company before you settle any claim for personal injury which typically takes more time.

If an insurance company for a drunk driver wants me to sign documents to get medical care, should I sign the papers?

No. You should never sign anything or agree to be interviewed before you have contacted an attorney about the accident and your injuries. We offer free consultations and are happy to discuss your rights and guide you each step of the way.

What should I do if I am contacted by an insurance company for a drunk driver that injured me?

It is common for the insurance company for the drunk driver to contact you shortly after the accident. You should never give a statement to an insurance company for a drunk driver, or give them access to your medical records before speaking to an attorney.

Do criminal actions against a drunk driver have to be completed before civil actions against the driver can be filed?

No. If you are injured by a drunk driver you can file a civil suit before criminal actions against the drunk driver have concluded.

10 Things You Need To Do If You’re Involved In A Car Accident

It’s important that you know what to do and say after an accident. Here are some important steps you should take after an accident:

      1. Move your car out of moving traffic lanes and stop.
      2. Get names and contact information from any potential witnesses at the scene.
      3. Do not move anyone unless you are absolutely sure that you can do so safely.
      4. Call 911 and tell them your location and about any injuries at the scene.
      5. Don’t apologize, admit your fault or argue with the other driver. That can all be sorted out later.
      6. Exchange insurance information and get the other driver’s name, current address, phone number, and license number. Do not permit anyone to photograph your driver’s license. That could lead to identity theft.
      7. Document and, if possible, take photographs of the license plates and damage to all vehicles involved.
      8. Obtain a copy of any police or crash report if available at the scene.
      9. If your car is being towed, retrieve your personal items and confirm where it’s being taken.
      10. Call Halunen Law at (612) 444-HURT. Get legal advice on your rights and responsibilities. We can assist you in protecting the evidence and getting the insurance benefits and compensation to which you are entitled.

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Choosing an attorney to fight for the compensation to which you’re entitled, is one of the most important decisions to make after you’ve been injured. Making a good choice allows you to focus on your recovery. Our team of personal injury attorneys is dedicated to ensuring the best possible representation for you and your family.

Personal injury attorneys and Halunen Law partners Brian Stofferahn and Chris Moreland bring more than 50 years of successful litigation on behalf of those who are wrongfully injured.

They take pride in fighting for their clients each step of the way. They will listen to your concerns, and steer you in the right direction for vehicle repairs, medical treatment, and insurance benefits. Halunen Law Attorneys work on a contingency basis which means there are no up-front costs to you. Our attorneys are only paid when we succeed in getting money damages for you or your family member. Contact us today, we can help!

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