Automobile accidents are always traumatic. Injuries from a car crash can alter your life dramatically. The injuries can cause the loss of a job, or make you need to change your job. The pain of the injuries can invade and affect all aspects of your life.
When these changes are brought about by a simple, preventable factor, the changes become that much more tragic, painful and unbelievable.
A drunk driver, or someone under the influence of any amount of alcohol or drugs, who caused an accident or injury to another has committed an inexcusable wrong. However, there might be others who share the liability in addition to the impaired driver.
What are Dram Shop Laws?
The State of Minnesota is a leader in establishing legislation regarding the abuse of alcohol and drugs. The Dram Shop or Liquor Liability Laws impose liability and allow consequences on persons or drinking establishments that illegally sell or serve intoxicating beverages. For example, it is illegal to sell or serve an intoxicating beverage to someone obviously intoxicated, to a minor, or sell an intoxicating beverage without a license.
Not Just for Automobile Accidents
You don’t have to be involved in an automobile accident to sustain injuries that may be compensable under the Dram Shop or Liquor Liability laws. Minnesota laws have extended the same rules and expectations to people driving off-road recreational vehicles, such as three-wheelers or four-wheelers, dirt bikes or motorcycles.
The law also includes people operating boats or other motorized water craft, such as a jet-ski or even a canoe if it has a motor operating on it.
Pedestrians are often the victims of injuries sustained at the hands of an intoxicated driver. This includes truck drivers, bus drivers and others who drive for a profession. In fact, Minnesota has enforced its alcohol rules on people driving something as simple as a riding lawn mower or a go-cart.
How We Can Help
Proving a case under these laws can be tricky. Often, there is no absolute proof that a person was served or sold intoxicating liquor at any one particular location, and that the consumption of that alcohol or intoxicating liquor was the sole contributing factor to a person’s intoxication. That is why it is important to hire an experienced attorney who knows what needs to be done and has the man-power to prove these types of claims.
Contact the personal injury lawyers at the Paige Donnelly law firm. We have handled many dram shop claims over the years. We know how to track down the witnesses it will take to prove the illegal or negligent sale of intoxicating liquor. We know how to work through the tricky, technical laws and rules that must be followed to establish and perfect a claim. And we have the negotiating skills that it takes to fight for a person’s rights when they are unable to do so for themselves.
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